Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Strong Quake Kills 367 in Southern China

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Strong Quake Kills 367 in Southern China

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BEIJING * A strong earthquake in southern China's Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,800.

About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county situated about 277 miles northeast of Yunnan's capital, Kunming, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

The magnitude 6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. at a depth of 6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was in Longtoushan township, 14 miles southwest of the city of Zhaotong, the Ludian county seat.

Ma Liya, a resident of Zhaotong, told Xinhua that the streets there were like a "battlefield after bombardment." She added that her neighbor's house, a new two-story building, had toppled, and said the quake was far worse than one that struck the area in 2012 and killed 81 people.

Most of the deaths 357 were in Zhaotong City, Xinhua said. Ten people were killed in Quijing City.

News reports said rescuers were still trying to reach victims in more remote towns Sunday night. …

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