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Earthquake kills 367,leaves 1400 injured in China

south-west-china-yunan-earthquakeAt least 367 people have died and more are missing after a strong earthquake struck south-west China’s Yunnan province.

State news agency Xinhua says more than 1,400 people have also been injured, according to the ministry of civil affairs.

The quake in Qiaojia county of Zhaotong prefecture has left residents searching for survivors beneath the rubble of toppled buildings and communications and power lines, as images shared on social media show.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake at a magnitude of 6.1, striking 11 kilometres north-west of the town of Wenping at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres.

It struck at 4:30pm Sunday local time.

State media reported the earthquake at magnitude 6.5, citing the China Earthquake Networks Centre.

“Too many buildings were damaged and we are collecting data on deaths and injuries,” Xinhua quoted a local official as saying.

People search under rubble after a strong earthquake hits China’s Yunnan province Photo: People search under rubble after a strong earthquake hits China’s Yunnan province (AFP)

Xinhua says electricity and communications services have also been affected, adding that homes and older structures have been particularly affected.

Around 12,000 houses have collapsed and 30,000 damaged, Xinhua said.

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