Earthquake Kills Hundreds in Western China

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rescue workers are now digging through the rubble in Western China searching for survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Wednesday morning. 

Chinese officials have put the death toll at 400 people, but say that tally is likely to rise. Another 10,000 were injured in the quake.

Many are still buried under debris and specially trained rescue workers with sniffer dogs have arrived. Workers are also racing to release water from a cracked reservoir to prevent a total collapse.

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck early this morning in a western provice near Tibet that is home to nearly 80,000 people. Many of the residents are farmers who live in homes built on hillsides.

Chinese officials say the quake leveled nearly 80 percent of the buildings in the town of Jiegu, which was nearest the epicenter.

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