China earthquake: At least 367 dead and over 1,400 injured after 6.3 magnitude quake strikes remote mountainous province
Earthquake struck south-west area of China in Yunnan province
At least 367 people have died and more than 1,400 injured after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck south west China on Sunday.
State media reported that the quake struck in the remote mountainous area of Yunnan province, where some buildings, including a school, collapsed. More than 12,000 homes are thought to have been destroyed.
Communications and electricity have been badly affected and pictures posted online by state media show people being carried away on stretchers, and bricks that had fallen from buildings and damaged cars.
Chinese state media said the earthquake was felt most strongly in the Yunnan province, and also affected the neighbouring provinces of Guizhou and Sichuan.
The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at 6.3, and is reportedly the strongest to hit the Yunnan province in 14 years.
The official Xinhua news agency said the epicentre was in Longtoushan, Reuters reports, in Yunnan’s Ludian county.
Ma Liya, a resident of Ludian county, told Sky News the streets were “like a battlefield after bombardment,” and described how people’s houses had toppled down under the force of the quake.
The Chinese government is sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the disaster zone, Xinhua reported.
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