Strong quake in west China kills 5; 54 hurt

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Two Tibetan women stand outside a makeshift tent at a relief centre in Kangding on November 23, 2014 after a quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province on November 22. The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan residents gather outside makeshift tents at a relief centre in Kangding on November 23, 2014 after a quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province on November 22. The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
GARZE TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS PREFECTURE, CHINA: (CHINA OUT) Residents take refuge at the road on November 22, 2014 in Kangding of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Tibet of China. A magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes Kangding county with one person killed on Saturday. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Tibetan youngsters do their schoolwork as they gather outside makeshift tents at a relief centre in Kangding on November 23, 2014 after a quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province on November 22. The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This cellphone photograph taken on November 22, 2014 shows household item on the floor of a hostel in Kangding, southwest China's Sichuan province, after an earthquake hit the region. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck China's southwestern province of Sichuan on November 22, 2014, the US Geological survey said, with Chinese state media reporting one fatality. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This cellphone photograph taken on November 22, 2014 shows a collapsed brick wall from a hostel in Kangding, southwest China's Sichuan province, after an earthquake hit the region. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck China's southwestern province of Sichuan on November 22, 2014, the US Geological survey said, with Chinese state media reporting one fatality. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan residents gather outside makeshift tents at a relief centre in Kangding on November 23, 2014 after a quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province on November 22. The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan youngsters gather outside makeshift tents at a relief centre in Kangding on November 23, 2014 after a quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province on November 22. The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan residents gather outside makeshift tents at a relief centre in Kangding on November 23, 2014 after a quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province on November 22. The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan youngsters gather outside makeshift tents at a relief centre in Kangding on November 23, 2014 after a quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province on November 22. The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Tibetan youngsters gather outside makeshift tents at a relief centre in Kangding on November 23, 2014 after a quake struck 39 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Kangding in the mountainous west of Sichuan province on November 22. The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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BEIJING (AP) - A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least five people and injured 54 others, officials said Sunday. The injured included schoolchildren in a stampede.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the county of Kangding in Sichuan province. China's seismological agency put the magnitude at 6.3.

One person was also missing as of Sunday afternoon, according to a statement from the Ganzi prefecture government, which oversees Kangding.

The four dead included a woman in her 70s who was struck by a falling window pane, the official Xinhua News Agency and state broadcaster CCTV said, citing Chen Yunbing, a doctor at the region's Ganzi People's Hospital.

A stampede at a primary school in Tagong town during the quake injured 42 children, according to Xinhua.

Thirty homes collapsed and 2,630 others suffered serious damage, the Sichuan government information office said.

Western China is regularly hit by earthquakes, and reports said Saturday's quake could be felt in the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu on the plains below the Himalayan foothills. Sichuan was struck by a magnitude-7.9 quake in May 2008 that left nearly 90,000 people dead, many of them in collapsed schools and other poorly constructed buildings.

Construction standards have been significantly tightened since then, and the country's disaster response capacity has improved with better equipment and trained rescue teams.


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