China rushes relief after Sichuan quake kills more than 170

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 20 at 9:33 PM

YA'AN, China (AP) — Rescuers and relief teams are struggling to rush supplies into the rural hills of China's Sichuan province after an earthquake left at least 179 people dead and more than 6,700 injured and caused frightened survivors to spend the night in cars, tents and makeshift shelters.

The earthquake Saturday morning triggered landslides that cut off roads and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county, farther south on the same fault line where a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region five years ago.

Hardest hit Saturday were villages farther up the valleys, where farmers grow rice, vegetables and corn on terraced plots. State media reports rescuers hiked into a neighboring county after its roads were cut off, reaching it overnight. In Longmen village, authorities say nearly all the buildings were destroyed in a frightening minute-long shaking by the quake.

The quake -- measured by the earthquake administration at magnitude-7.0 and by the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6 -- struck shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, when many people were at home, sleeping or having breakfast.

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