Shallow 5.9 quake kills 89 in rural China
BEIJING – An earthquake rocked a rural, semi-arid area of northwestern China's Gansu province on Monday, killing at least 89 people and injuring hundreds.
The first and strongest of a series of tremors struck in the morning south of Dingxi, about 770 miles west of Beijing, toppling farmers' one-story homes and severing power lines. More than 1,200 homes were destroyed and thousands more damaged, provincial government spokesman Chang Zhengguo was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.
The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 5.9, at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles. Quakes closer to the surface can cause heavier damage.
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