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One dead after magnitude 5.9 earthquake in China

At least one person has died after a strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, officials said.

The US Geological Survey said the 5.9-magnitude quake had a depth of nine miles. It struck in the late afternoon on Saturday about 20 miles from the town of Kangding in Sichuan province. China's seismological agency gave the magnitude as 6.3.

A woman in her 70s died after being struck by a falling window pane, state media reported.

Two killed and dozens injured in 70-vehicle pile-up

Two people have been killed and more than 20 injured in a major pile-up involving dozens of vehicles in east China today.

Two people were killed and more than 20 injured Credit: CCTV

More than 70 cars, vans and lorries were involved in the smash, which happened shortly before 8am local time on the Hefei-Huainan-Fuyang Expressway through the Anhui Province.

Dense fog which reduced visibility to less than 30 metres (100ft) is thought to be to blame, as drivers only saw the accident ahead when it was too late to stop in time.

Around 12 people needed hospital treatment after the crash.

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