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Strong Earthquake in China Kills at Least 367, Topples Thousands of Homes

Rescuers carry an injured child on a stretcher after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the area in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on Aug. 3, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Rescuers carry an injured child on a stretcher after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the area in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on Aug. 3, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and injuring more than 1,881.

About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county located around 277 miles northeast of Yunnan’s capital, Kunming, China’s official 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.

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