Two killed in Mongolia quake

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  • Monday, 18 Aug 2003

AN earthquake hit China’s northern region of Inner Mongolia, toppling more than 2,700 homes and killing two people, officials said yesterday. 

The temblor measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit at 6.58pm on Saturday near the towns of Bairin Zuoqi and Ar Horqin Qi in eastern Inner Mongolia and could be felt as far away as the capital Beijing, about 480km to the south. At least 43 people were injured. 

Xinhua News agency quoted a local seismological official as saying that 24,483 homes were damaged and 2,602 had collapsed in 98 villages in the Bairin Zouqi area, calling the earthquake the strongest in the area in 700 years. 

Xinhua said another 169 homes collapsed in villages near Ar Horqin Qi. 

“Lots of houses collapsed and we are still investigating the losses,” a state Seismological Bureau official said.  

The official put the death toll at two and injured at 43. Xinhua said there were 42 injured, nine of them seriously. – People’s Daily  

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