At Least 156 Dead Following China Earthquake

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A powerful earthquake in Sichuan Province, China has resulted in the deaths of at least 156  people with more than 5,500 injured in the region.

The China Earthquake Administration stated 96 of those killed were in Lushan County while another 19 so far have been reported missing.

Rescuers are being forced to use dynamite in order to quickly clear boulders which have cut off roads leading to affected areas where the quake struck.

  

A preliminary reading  given by The United States Geological Survey registered the massive earthquake as magnitude 7.0 however it was later revised to 6.6. At least 712 aftershocks have been felt in the region with two measuring 5.0 and higher on the Richter scale.


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