Two Earthquakes Kill Dozens in China

    Two buses make their way across a road full of fallen rocks after a series of earthquakes, one of them measuring magnitude 5.7, hit the area near Zhaotong municipality at the border of southwest China's Yunnan and Guizhou province on September 7, 2012.  The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the largest quake at 5.6 and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, with the office of China Earthquake Administration announcing that around 20 persons were injured and six had died.    CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Two 5.6 magnitude earthquakes hit southwestern China early Friday, killing dozens and forcing thousands out of their homes. At least 150 people were injured, and according to state media, Chinese authorities have evacuated more than 100,000 people out of the area in the event of aftershock damage. The disaster comes as a sobering reminder of 2008, when earthquakes in the same region killed 87,600. Many of China's poorer areas are dotted with buildings that don't conform to construction standards, making them more at risk.

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