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Chinese watch from the ruins of collapsed buildings, as workers clean the street, unseen, following the May 12 earthquake in Dujiangyan, southwest China's Sichuan Province Sunday, May 25, 2008.

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Nearly 70 dams are in danger of bursting,
rattled again today by one of the strongest aftershocks since the initial disaster. The aftershock caused office towers to sway in Beijing, 800 miles away. The aftershock lasted about 20 seconds in the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu. Parts of Sichuan will suffer "heavy and even in some areas torrential rains" later today and Monday, with warning of possible mudslides. The confirmed death toll from the May 12 quake rose to 62,664, with another 23,775 people missing. The overall death toll from the May 12 earthquake could exceed 80,000.
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