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Death Toll in China’s Sichuan Quake Exceeds 190

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The death toll from a massive earthquake that hit southwest China’s Sichuan province has risen to 193 people, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - The death toll from a massive earthquake that hit southwest China’s Sichuan province has risen to 193 people, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

The agency said citing data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs that 12,211 people were injured in the natural calamity, while 25 people are reported missing.

The 7.0-magnitude quake struck the Lushan county of Sichuan's Ya'an city at 8:02 a.m. Saturday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The ministry reported that the quake impacted at least 1.99 million people in Sichuan.

Over 3,200 aftershocks have been detected, with the biggest one registering 5.9 magnitude.

Ya'an has a population of 1.53 million and is known as the hometown of the giant panda. It is about 140 kilometers (87 miles) away from the provincial capital Chengdu.

In May 2008, the Sichuan province was struck by an 8-magnitude earthquake, the worst tremor to hit China in three decades, killing some 70,000 people and displacing 10 million. China's direct economic losses from the earthquake exceeded one trillion yuan (around $150 billion).

 

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