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China's Gansu province hit by powerful

Two powerful earthquakes have struck China's north-west Gansu province, killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 300.

The first earthquake near Dingxi city had a magnitude of 5.98 and was shallow, with a depth of just 9.8 km (6 miles), the US Geological Survey said

Just over an hour later, a magnitude 5.6 quake hit the same area, it added.

In 2008, an earthquake in Sichuan province left up to 90,000 people dead and millions homeless.

At least 54 people have been killed and 337 injured, the Dingxi local government said on its official Sina Weibo microblog.

A factory worker in Min county told AFP that he felt "violent shaking" and "ran to the yard of the [factory] plant immediately".

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Submitted: 07/22/2013
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