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China earthquake: Death toll rises to 151

China earthquake: Death toll rises to 151

Beijing: The official authorities announced on Sunday that the number of fatalities from the December 18 earthquake in China with a magnitude of 6.2 has increased to 151.

As per the provincial earthquake relief headquarters, the death toll rose to 34 in Qinghai on Sunday, as the last two people who were previously unaccounted for after the earthquake were found dead, Xinhua news agency reported.

The temblor had also killed 117 people in Gansu, local authorities said on December 22.

The earthquake is the country's deadliest since 2014 when more than 600 people were killed by a quake in south-western Yunnan province, reports the NNC.

An earthquake in Yushu in Qinghai province, which is next to Gansu, claimed almost 2,700 lives in 2010.

China's most devastating earthquake in recent decades was in the southwestern province of Sichuan in 2008 when 87,000 people were killed.

With inputs from IANS

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