Moderate quakes in China kills dozens; heavy damage

By REUTERS
September 7, 2012 12:12

 
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BEIJING - Two 5.6 magnitude earthquakes hit southwestern China on Friday, killing at least 43 people and forcing tens of thousands of people from damaged homes, state media said.

The quakes struck near the border of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, the first one at 11:19 a.m. (0319 GMT) and the second one about 45 minutes later, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

About 150 people were injured and 20,000 homes were damaged, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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