Death toll rises in latest Sichuan earthquake

09:46, 06 August 2008
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With another 22 injured

The death toll from a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck central China`s battered Sichuan province climbed to two Wednesday, with another 22 injured, local emergency officials reported, according to CNN.

A light, 4.8-magnitude quake rattled the same area on Wednesday.

Sichuan is still recovering from a devastating 7.9-magnitude temblor in May.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of Tuesday`s strong quake was about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north-northwest of Guangyuan, near Sichuan`s border with neighboring Gansu province.

Hours before the quake struck, the Olympic torch had made its way through parts of Sichuan, on its way to the Summer Games, which get under way Friday in Beijing, some 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) away.

Tuesday`s quake disrupted communications in Yaodu Township, Xinhua said.

It was felt in the cities of Hanzhong and Xi`an, both in neighboring Shaanxi province, as well as Chongqing. Many people rushed out of buildings in those cities, Xinhua reported.

The May 12 quake killed nearly 70,000 people and more than 18,000 others are still listed as missing. That quake`s epicenter was about 290 kilometers (180 miles) southwest of Tuesday`s epicenter.

CNN

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