BEIJING — Rescuers with shovels and sniffer dogs combed through collapsed hillsides today as the death toll rose to 89 from a strong earthquake in a farming region of northwest China.
Another five people were listed as missing and 628 injured in Monday morning’s quake near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province. About 123,000 people were affected by the quake, with 31,600 moved to temporary shelters. Almost 2,000 homes were completely destroyed, and about 22,500 damaged, the administration said.
The government’s earthquake monitoring center said the quake was magnitude 6.6, while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was 5.9. Measurements can often vary, especially if different monitoring equipment is used.