Earthquake in China

The death toll from a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in China's western Gansu province on Monday more than doubled to 54 people, the municipal government said, with hundreds injured as many homes in affected areas collapsed.

The quake hit Minxian and Zhangxian counties, about 170 km (105 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Lanzhou, at 7.45 on Monday morning (7.45 p.m. ET Sunday), the official Xinhua news agency said. (Reuters)

Map locates earthquake that struck Dingxi, China; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;
Map locates earthquake that struck Dingxi, China; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;
Map locates earthquake that struck Dingxi, China; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers clear the debris of a damaged house in quake-hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Monday, July 22, 2013. The toll of dead and injured continues to rise after an earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early this morning. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Guo Gang) NO SALES
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers clear the debris of a damaged house in quake-hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Monday, July 22, 2013. The toll of dead and injured continues to rise after an earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early this morning. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Guo Gang) NO SALES
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers clear the debris of a damaged house in quake-hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China's Gansu Province, Monday, July 22, 2013. The toll of dead and injured continues to rise after an earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early this morning. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Guo Gang) NO SALES
An injured resident is attended to by medical workers on the grounds of a hospital after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
An injured resident is attended to by medical workers on the grounds of a hospital after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
An injured resident is attended to by medical workers on the grounds of a hospital after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
An injured resident rests on the grounds of a hospital after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
An injured resident rests on the grounds of a hospital after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
An injured resident rests on the grounds of a hospital after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
In this July 22, 2013 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a damaged house stands in rubble following an earthquake that hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China's Gansu Province. A strong earthquake struck near the surface in a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 54 people, injuring nearly 300, and shattering thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Tu Guoxi) NO SALES
In this July 22, 2013 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a damaged house stands in rubble following an earthquake that hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China's Gansu Province. A strong earthquake struck near the surface in a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 54 people, injuring nearly 300, and shattering thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Tu Guoxi) NO SALES
In this July 22, 2013 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a damaged house stands in rubble following an earthquake that hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China's Gansu Province. A strong earthquake struck near the surface in a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 54 people, injuring nearly 300, and shattering thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Tu Guoxi) NO SALES
Residents gather at a makeshift on the grounds of a hospital for medical services after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
Residents gather at a makeshift on the grounds of a hospital for medical services after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
Residents gather at a makeshift on the grounds of a hospital for medical services after an earthquake hit Minxian county in northwest China's Gansu province Monday July 22, 2013. A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

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