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9 killed in China quakes

BEIJING OCT. 26. At least nine persons were killed and 43 others injured when two severe earthquakes jolted northwest China's Gansu province, an official report said on Sunday. The twin earthquakes, measuring 6.1 and 5.8 on the Richter Scale, jolted areas between Minle and Shandan counties of Zhangye city in Gansu on Saturday. The condition of six of the 43 injured was serious, the State Seismological Bureau said. The two quake-hit counties are both located on an earthquake-prone belt in northwest China and the epicentres were about 500 km northwest of Lanzhou, capital of Gansu. The quakes toppled 10,893 houses and killed or wounded over 3,000 head of livestock.


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