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Thousands dead after earthquake in China

CHONGQING, China- Chinese state media says more than 8,500 have died in Sichuan province alone from a massive earthquake. 

There are fears that the overall death toll in China may climb above the nearly 9,000 casualties already being reported following Monday's powerful earthquake.

State media report that 80 percent of the buildings have collapsed in one county in Sichuan province following the 7.8-magnitude quake.

The official Xinhua News Agency said that another 10,000 people were believed hurt in one of the province's counties.

Nearly 900 students were trapped after their school collapsed about 60 miles from the quake's epicenter. Xinhua reported students also were buried under five other toppled schools. 

The earthquake struck in the middle of the afternoon when classrooms and office towers were full. 

The temblor was felt as far away as Pakistan, Vietnam and Thailand.

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