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Powerful Quake Batters Sichuan Province In China
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BEIJING (CBS News) ― A powerful earthquake hit China on Tuesday in the same region where almost 70,000 people were killed in May, and on a day the Olympic torch relay passed through. No injuries or damage were reported.Panicked residents fled into the streets from swaying buildings, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, when the shock measured by the U.S. Geological Survey at magnitude 6.0 struck shortly before 6 p.m. local time. Xinhua said Tuesday's quake struck Gansu and Shaanxi provinces in Sichuan, shaking buildings in the cities of Hanzhong, Xi'an and Chongqing. There were no reports of damage or injuries, The temblor was the latest of scores of aftershocks from the 7.9 quake that struck Sichuan on May 12, killing almost 70,000 people and leaving 5 million homeless. The U.S. seismic service said the epicenter of Tuesday's quake was 30 miles northwest of Guangyuan town at a depth of 6 miles. The earthquake occurred a few hours after the Olympic torch relay was held in the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu, its last stop before the flame officially opens the Beijing Games on Friday. On Friday, an aftershock with the same magnitude as Tuesday's hit Pingwu and Beichuan in Sichuan, injuring 231 people. CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen reported that China has taken a psychological approach to dealing with the May 12 quake victims for the first time in the country's history. The government has organized mobilized mental health experts to be side-by-side with reconstruction workers in the earthquake zone. It's recognition, Professor Shen Heyong told Petersen, that ignoring trauma can be fatal.
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Yu Zhirong, a military official who was one of the first rescuers into the earthquake zone, carries the Olympic torch as firefighters wearing white helmets cheer at right, in Chengdu, China, Tuesday, August 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Strong earthquake hits western China; 1 killed
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BEIJING (AP) — A strong aftershock struck a western Chinese region where a May earthquake killed almost 70,000 people, shaking buildings a few hours after the Olympic torch relay passed through the area Tuesday. One person was killed and 23 injured.
The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude-6.0. It struck shortly before 6:00 p.m. local time and the USGS said the epicenter was 30 miles northwest of Guangyuan town in Sichuan province at a depth of 6 miles.
Panicked residents fled into the streets as the quake rattled Qingchuan county in southwest Sichuan, and also jolted buildings in neighboring Shaanxi province's Hanzhong and Xi'an cities and the sprawling municipality of Chongqing, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
The casualties were reported in Yaodu, a township in Qingchuan, Xinhua said.
The earthquake occurred a few hours after the Olympic torch relay passed through Sichuan's capital of Chengdu — its last stop before the flame officially opens the Beijing Games on Friday. There were no reports of the quake being felt in Chengdu.
The temblor was the latest of scores of aftershocks from the 7.9 quake that struck Sichuan on May 12, killing almost 70,000 people and leaving 5 million homeless.
On Friday, an aftershock with the same magnitude as Tuesday's hit Pingwu and Beichuan in Sichuan, injuring 231 people.