Strong Quake in China Kills 150+
It hits same region as devastating earthquake of 2008
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 20, 2013 8:05 AM CDT
Updated Apr 20, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province today, leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 5,500 injured. This morning's quake triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region. The village of Longmen was hit particularly hard, with authorities saying nearly all the buildings there had been destroyed in a frightening minute-long shaking by the quake.

The quake—measured by the China Earthquake Administration at magnitude-7.0 and by the US Geological Survey at 6.6—struck the steep hills of Lushan county shortly after 8am. The quake's shallow depth, less than 8 miles, likely magnified the impact. Tens of thousands of people moved into tents or cars, unable to return home or too afraid to go back as aftershocks continued to jolt the region.






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ppaca
Apr 21, 2013 12:53 AM CDT
Maybe it was actually a PRNK atomic test gone wrong. Oh well, at least there's 156 fewer ChiComs to fight against.
Who_Cares
Apr 20, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
Who cares how many people live there. Life is a life and when is taken, there is always someone grieving. I hope God the Father will have more mercy on some of you.
kj_nm
Apr 20, 2013 2:19 PM CDT
in other news in China today, over one million babies are born - more proof that there is no god