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Shaking Continues

The BBC reports on the continuing aftershocks and damage: Aftershocks demolish China homes

Two further aftershocks have destroyed more than 420,000 houses in the Chinese region hit by a massive earthquake two weeks ago, state-run media say.

Many of the homes appear to have been empty, but six people are said to have been critically injured in the tremors.

They came came as thousands of people were moved from near a lake formed by landslides, amid fears the water could breach banks and deluge the area.

The official death toll from the 12 May quake in Sichuan province is 67,183.

About 20,790 people are listed as missing, with more than five million people homeless since the earthquake.

As the region continues to be shaken, 63 people were injured, including six critically, in the latest aftershocks in Qingchuan county, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

One of the aftershocks measured magnitude 5.7, according to the US Geological Survey.

The same county was strongly shaken on Sunday, wrecking 300,000 more homes, killing eight people and injuring hundreds.

There was another 5.0 event after this report was filed, and there have been evacuations as authorities attempt to deal with the rivers that were dammed by landslides and the weakened dams in the area.