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Deadly earthquake hits China

2008-09-01 10:02:13 GMT2008-09-01 18:02:13 (Beijing Time) Reuters

China's Sichuan province has been hit by another deadly earthquake.

This one struck during the late afternoon, near Sichuan's border with Yunnan.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it measured 5.7 on the Richter scale.

Chinese state media said the quake killed at least 22 people and left 120 injured.

Nearly a thousand houses were destroyed, with more victims feared buried in the ruins.

A local reservoir near the epicentre is said to be safe.

These scenes are only too familiar in Sichuan.

An earthquake in May killed 70,000 and left 10 million homeless.

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