Sunday, May 25, 2008

More tragedy in China

The tragedy in China worsens with a devastating aftershock:

More than 70,000 houses toppled during an aftershock that rocked China's earthquake-ravaged Sichuan province on Sunday, state television reported.

At least one person was killed and 400 were hurt when the 5.8 magnitude tremor hit southwest China, according to the Xinhua state news agency. The aftershock also caused office towers to sway 800 miles away in Beijing.

The latest aftershock is one of the strongest to hit Sichuan since the May 12 earthquake that battered large parts of the province.

China's Cabinet also raised the official death toll from the natural disaster to 62,664. The government has said the final death toll could surpass 80,000.


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