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Earthquakes Kill At Least 54 In Northwest China

BBC (UK), CHINADAILY (China), CNN (US), XINHUA (China)

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Two powerful earthquakes have killed at least 54 people and injured 337 in northwest China, according to state media.

The quakes hit along the border of two counties -- Min and Zhang -- at around 7:45 a.m. local time, according to state news agency Xinhua. The first earthquake (near Dingxi city) had a magnitude of 6.6. Just over an hour later, a magnitude 5.6 quake hit the same area.

Emergency services, including the Red Cross Society of China, are sending tents and supplies. There are also fears rescue efforts may be hampered by heavy rain, reports CNN.

Armed police troops and heavy machines have been dispatched to repair a highway and train services in the area have also been suspended, reports China Daily.

In 2008, an earthquake in Sichuan province left up to 90,000 people dead and millions homeless.

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