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Yaan earthquake

A powerful tremor registering 7.0 on the Richter scale (6.6 according to the US Geological Survey) and a series of strong aftershocks hit near the city of Yaan in southwestern China's Sichuan province on April 20, 2013, causing heavy casualties and losses. 

Premier Li Keqiang (centre) conducts a meeting in Longmen, keeping his poise amid the aftershocks from the quake. Photo: Simon Song

Premier Li visits quake-hit areas

Premier Li Keqiang ordered rescuers, the military and local-government officials to work together and make the most of the critical first 24 hours following such a disaster to save lives.