Image: Collapsed houses are seen after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Luzhou county, Ya'an
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TODAY   |  April 20, 2013

Over 100 killed, thousands injured in China quake

An earthquake struck the western region of Sichuan province, where a previous quake killed 70,000 people. Thousands are injured and some remained trapped.

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>>> we're back on a saturday morning. the bombing in boston and capture of the suspect is not the only major story we're following this morning. a powerful earthquake hit china today leaving at least 113 people dead. thousands of others injured. ian williams is in beijing. ian, good morning. what can you tell us?

>> reporter: matt, good morning. this quake hit shortly after 8:00 a.m . this morning and don't forget this is almost five years next month when that devastating earthquake hit the same area and left tens of thousands dead. this quake was about 70 miles from the regional capital at the depth of only eight miles which meant strength was really magnified. it was in a rural area so the capacity to cause damage was not as great as that quake five years ago. now, the figures at the moment say at least 100 dead. at least 2,000 injured. those figures are likely to grow over the next few hours since some of the areas remain cut off. soldiers have been sent in. rescue teams. we are hearing reports of people being pulled out of collapsed buildings. now, unlike five years ago when entire towns were devastated, tall buildings collapsed, this time the rural areas , the buildings are mainly smaller, one or two story buildings. still the damage does seem to be extensive. the information figures are still coming in and we're trying to establish the magnitude of the casualties which as i say are expected to rise over the coming hours for what according to chinese sources is a 7.0 quake. 6.6 according to the u.s. geological survey . either way, a big quake that has caused extensive damage down there, matt.

>> all right. ian williams in beijing this morning on another tragic story. i almost said