Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rescuers race to find China quake survivors

clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com
  Rescuers hunt for survivors of China quake
April 15:
Following a series of powerful earthquakes in western China, rescuers scour the rubble for signs of life.

Today show

XINING, China - China poured workers and equipment into a mountainous Tibetan region Thursday in a bid to find survivors more than a day after strong earthquakes killed more than 600 people and injured thousands.

The series of quakes flattened buildings across remote western Yushu county and sent survivors, many bleeding from their wounds, flooding into the streets of Jiegu township. State television showed block after devastated block of toppled mud and wood homes. Local officials said 85 percent of the buildings had been destroyed.

The destruction of schools was an eerie echo of the massive magnitude-7.9 quake that hit neighboring Sichuan province two years ago, leaving nearly 90,000 people dead or missing
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