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China on Tuesday marked the first anniversary of a devastating earthquake that left nearly 90,000 dead or missing one year ago in mountainous Sichuan province.

In Yingxiu Township at the Xuankou middle and high school, a moment of silence was held amid the ruins of collapsed buildings and debris. Mourners placed yellow and white silk flowers at a quake memorial, sang the national anthem and a white jade carving of a clock that stopped at 2:28, when the temblor hit, with the date underneath, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. China's President Hu Jintao attended the ceremony. Other memorials were planned across the country, according to Xinhua, including soldiers spreading flowers at sea and schoolchildren creating memorials.

The May 12, 2008, quake killed 68,712 people, Xinhua quoted Huang Mingquan, head of Sichuan's provincial civil affairs department, as saying at a press conference last week. It left 17,921 missing, more than 374,000 injured and at least 15 million people displaced. Watch a memorial service for those killed The initial tremor was so strong it was felt as far away as Beijing and even Bangkok, more than 2,000 kilometers (nearly 1,250 miles) away. The epicenter: Wenchuan County, a lush, mountainous region with a population of more than 111,000 people. Read full article »

CNN Beijing Bureau Chief Jaime FlorCruz contributed to this report.

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