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14 killed, hundreds injured in China quake: officials

From the AFP:

At least 14 died, hundreds more were injured and thousands of houses collapsed when a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck near this popular tourist destination in east China.

The quake, the biggest in the region in half a century, could be felt in cities hundreds of kilometers (miles) away when it hit at 8:49 am (0049 GMT) Saturday, according to the China National Seismic Observation Network.

The epicenter was near the city of Jiujiang in Jiangxi province, home to half a million people and a traditional scenic spot that was praised by Tang dynasty poets more than a millennium ago.

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Reuters has more:

An earthquake killed 14 people, injured nearly 400 and destroyed 8,500 homes in Jiangxi province in eastern China on Saturday morning, the official Xinhua agency reported.

Some 130,000 homes were damaged in the worst-hit Jiujiang and Ruicheng counties, while 420,000 people moved to safer areas. Emergency officials rushed tents to the zone to shelter the homeless and earthquake specialists flew down from Beijing.

The quake, which measured 5.7 on the Richter scale, hit at 8.49 am local time. It was followed around 20 minutes later by two aftershocks, Xinhua said.

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