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Two reported dead after powerful earthquake jolts Sichuan, China

April 19, 2013|By Barbara Demick and Emily Alpert

BEIJING -- Chinese television reported at least two people had been killed Saturday morning when a powerful earthquake shook Sichuan province.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 6.6 with a depth of less than eight miles. The official New China News Agency reported that it shook buildings in the Sichuan provincial capital, Chengdu.

Several aftershocks were reported. Some flights headed to Chengdu made emergency landings in Chongqing, and flights out of the Chengdu airports were suspended, the news agency reported.

More than 90,000 people were left missing or dead in Sichuan after a massive quake nearly five years ago. The epicenter lies along the same fault as that earlier quake, the Associated Press reported.

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