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UPDATE: China quake death toll up to 1,144

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JIEGU, China (AP) -- State media says the death toll from Wednesday's earthquake in western China has risen to 1,144.

The Xinhua News Agency says the new death toll is as of early Friday evening -- up from 791 reported Friday afternoon.

The report says another 417 people remain missing.

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BEIJING (AP/WKOW) -- In Western China, soldiers and civilians are using shovels and their bare hands to dig through wreckage in a search for earthquake survivors.

Relief officials are now putting the death toll at close to 600 people, and that's expected to rise.

Another 10,000 people are hurt.

A series of strong quakes hit the country's mountainous Tibetan region this morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the initial quake at magnitude 6.9. There were at least 18 aftershocks following the quake.

Officials say 85 percent of buildings have been destroyed.

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BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll is already at 400 and expected to rise after a series of strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan area of western China today.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the largest shock recorded at magnitude 6.9.

More than 10,000 people have been injured. Rescue crews are working to free the many people trapped beneath wrecked houses and other buildings. Survivors, many of them bleeding, have flooded into the streets of one town where most homes were flattened, and students are reported buried inside several damaged schools.

A local army commander says the frequent aftershocks along with strong winds and downed phone lines have been hampering rescue efforts. State TV has been showing footage of police using shovels to dig through the rubble.

With most of the roads from the nearest airport damaged, officials say it will be difficult to get heavy equipment and rescuers to the area.

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BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state television says that the death toll from a strong earthquake in a western province has climbed to 400.

CTTV quoted emergency official Pubucairen as saying Wednesday that the number of injured has risen to more than 10,000 as rescue workers struggle to dig trapped people out in Qinghai province. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 6.9.

Rescue efforts have been hindered by telecommunications problems, with phone lines down.

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BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state television says the death toll from a strong earthquake in a western province has risen to about 300, with an additional 8,000 hurt.

China Central Television said the toll from Wednesday's earthquake had risen as rescue workers struggled to dig trapped people out in Qinghai province. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 6.9.

Rescue efforts were hindered by telecommunications problems, with phone lines down.

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BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities say a strong earthquake in a western province has killed at least 67 people. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 6.9.

The China Earthquake Administration announced the initial death toll in a brief statement on its Web site, saying that Wednesday's quake had caused many houses to collapse.

Rescue efforts were hindered by telecommunications problems, with phone lines down

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BEIJING (AP/WKOW) -- The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.9 earthquake has struck China's western Qinghai province.

There were no immediate reports of casualties Wednesday.

The USGS reported on its Web site that the epicenter of the temblor was located 235 miles south-southeast of Golmud, a large city in Qinghai, at a depth of 29 miles.

A magnitude-7.9 quake in Sichuan province in 2008 left almost 90,000 people dead or missing.

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