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Ogden couple survives China's quake

Ogden couple survives China's quake

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An Ogden couple caught in the earthquake that killed thousands in central China is reported to be safe.

Ed and Dawna Miner are English teachers at a Chengdu university, 55 miles from the epicenter of Monday's monster quake.

Brigham Young University says the Miners are safe and staying with an American family in Chengdu. The couple work for BYU's China Teachers Program.

Ed Miner is a former Bonneville science teacher. His wife worked at Wasatch Elementary school before they took jobs in China.

The 7.9-magnitude quake killed more than 12,000 in Sichuan province alone. Thousands more are still buried or missing.

The China Teachers Program is part of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU.

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, now the head of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, says the quake was felt at the hotel where he was staying while visiting the Port of Shanghai.

Leavitt was huddling with Chinese Health Minister Chen Zhu on Tuesday for a previously scheduled meeting.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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