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    Approaching Rains to Hinder Deadly China Earthquake Search, Rescue

    By By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
    July 25, 2013, 10:34:04 AM EDT

    On Monday morning, Beijing time, the USGS measured a 5.9-magnitude earthquake.

    The epicenter was in central China's Gansu province, west of the city of Tianshui. Gansu has a population of 26 million.

    According to the Xinhua News Agency, the death toll has risen to 94 and more than 1000 people have been injured.

    Additionally, a good amount of structural damage was reported in the area. Brick and stone walls crumbled and glass on the side of a high-rise building shattered. The report from Xinhua News Agency stated that about 240,000 homes were damaged.


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    The epicenter of the earthquake lies in the Himalaya, an area where the India and Eurasia plates have been colliding and converging at a rate of 40-50 mm per year.

    Following the first quake, there was a series of aftershocks, one of which registered at 5.6.

    Largely dry weather is expected across the region through at least Wednesday which will aid any rescue and relief efforts.

    A storm system will then bring the threat for a soaking rain and even a thunderstorm Wednesday evening into Thursday. This will be followed by a lighter rainfall Friday night into Saturday. Any rainfall could hamper further relief efforts.

    Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.

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