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China Earthquakes Kill at Least 54, Injure Hundreds

Chinese officials say two shallow earthquakes in rural northwest China have killed at least 54 people and injured nearly 300 others.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first quake, with a magnitude of 5.9, hit at 7:45 a.m. - 23:45 UTC - near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province. It struck at a depth of 10 kilometers. A second 5.6 magnitude quake hit the same region an hour and a half later at a similar depth. The quakes were followed by numerous aftershocks.

Officials say 380 buildings have collapsed and thousands of others have been damaged. Electric power has been lost in much of the region, which is not heavily populated.

Troops have been sent to the region where officials say a search for more victims in several villages there is ongoing.

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