At least 367 people have died and more than 1,800 were injured as a powerful earthquake hit southwest China’s Yunnan province on Sunday.
The quake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, hit Zhaotong city at 4:30 pm, causing huge loss of lives and property, Xinhua news agency reported, citing information from the provincial government.
The China Earthquake Networks Center said the quake was the biggest in 14 years in the province, Apple Daily reported. More than 12,000 homes collapsed and another 30,000 were damaged. Transportation, electricity and communication links were all disrupted.
The quake was so strong that it could also be felt even in the neighboring big cities like Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing and Xi’an.
A work team formed by eight ministries rushed to the disaster area on Sunday to assist rescue work. There are no reports of death or injury of any Hong Kong citizens or foreigners at the moment.
According to the provincial earthquake administration, the earthquake was at a fault zone under Ludian prefecture. The area is said to have experienced 44 quakes measuring 5 or stronger on the Richter scale in the past.
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