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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sichuan Earthquake – April 2013

Hundreds have died in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck China's south-western Sichuan province.

The shallow quake hit near the city of Ya'an, on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, just after 8am (00:00 GMT) on Saturday 20th April 2013 and injured thousands of people.

The earthquake, which set off landslides and destroyed buildings, occurred close to where a big earthquake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008. It was followed by several aftershocks.


Aid and rescue teams battled landslides and more than 2,000 aftershocks in an effort to find survivors and get basic needs into remote areas of China's earthquake-ravaged Sichuan province

Clogged roads and debris impeded rescuers on Monday as they travelled often on foot in the mountainous southwest region after a 6.6-magnitude quake left at least 188 dead (23 Apr 2013)

Saturday's earthquake left many people missing and more than 11,000 injured, according to state media. Local authorities said around 17,000 families had lost their homes.

Additional reports:

Rescuers battle to reach survivors in remote villages:

VIDEO: Many wait for aid days after China's earthquake:

Fresh crisis hits quake zone: Water and food shortages reported as rescue teams battle landslides and aftershocks to bring basic supplies two days after the earthquake:

Sources: BBC News; Al Jazeera

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