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China's Sichuan province shaken by powerful quake

At least 124 people are reported dead and more than 2,600 injured, after a magnitude-6.6 earthquake struck China's Sichuan province Saturday. The area was also devastated by the 2008 magnitude-7.9 earthquake.

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A village woman reacts after her house was damaged by an earthquake in Lushan county, Ya'an, southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturday. The powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province nearly five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region.

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A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province Saturday, leaving at least 124 people dead and more than 2,600 injured, nearly five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region.

Saturday's quake, while not as destructive as that in 2008, toppled buildings, triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county. 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.

"It was such a big quake that everyone was scared," said a woman who answered a phone at a kindergarten hours later and declined to give her name. "We all fled for our lives."

 
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