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Dozens reported dead in China earthquake

• The Guardian
 

A strong earthquake struck a rural part of western China on Monday morning, killing at least 75 people, according to state media.

The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastureland with a population of 26 million. That makes it one of China's more lightly populated provinces, although the Dingxi area has a greater concentration of farms and towns, with a total population of about 2.7 million.

The government's earthquake monitoring service said an additional 459 people were injured.

The deaths and injuries were reported in Min County and other rural southern parts of the municipality,

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