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Troops, volunteers dig through China quake debris

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LUDIAN, China — About 10,000 troops used pickaxes and backhoes to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes today after an earthquake in southwest China that killed 410 people. Groups of volunteers, meanwhile, used their bare hands.

Many hundreds of volunteers have converged on the city of Zhaotong en route to the quake-hit areas. Many came empty-handed, but some were formed into company-sponsored units complete with uniforms and their own relief aid to distribute.

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