Massive Earthquake Kills Hundreds in China

A series of massive earthquakes killed around 400 people and injured thousands more in China Wednesday morning, CNN reported.
An initial earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 hit the impoverished and mountainous Qinghai province in western China at 7:49 a.m. local time, CNN reported. A series of aftershocks followed as buildings were reduced to rubble.
Many buildings in the area were made of wood and mud, making them very susceptible to earthquakes, MSNBC reported. The buildings easily collapsed, leaving the people inside the buildings trapped.
Many of the casualties were children, as many schools were reduced at the start of the school day, MSNBC reported.
Chinese authorities sent thousands of soldiers and medical staff to the region to help with disaster relief, CNN reported.

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