Deadly Quake Topples Rural Area in China

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At least 75 people were found dead after a powerful earthquake struck a rural area of China on Monday.

More than 400 people were injured and thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed.

The 6.6 quake hit near the city of Dingxi, about 766 miles west of Beijing. Scientists say the quake struck only about 12 miles below the surface, making it much more destructive.

"I saw the bulb hanging from the ceiling start swinging wildly around. I woke my two friends and we ran into the bathroom to hide," Li Jingui, 21, said.

He was on the fourth floor of a school dormitory in Dingxi when the shaking started, the Associated Press reported.

"After the strongest tremors were over, we were worried that there would be aftershocks so we packed our stuff and ran out into a large clearing," Li said.

Rock and mudslides made it difficult for rescue teams to reach the area.

Forecasters predict heavy rain and further landslides later in the week. They warn they'll be a greater need for shelter.

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