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More Than 500 Dead After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern China

At least 589 people are dead in southern China's Yunnan province after a U.S. Geological Survey reported magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit on Sunday.

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A USGS reported magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the southern Chinese province of Yunnan on Sunday, killing at least 589 people and injuring more than 2400, the Associated Press reported.

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The earthquake struck at 4:30 p.m., local time, at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the USGS. Reports out of China measured the earthquake to be of magnitude 6.5. A large earthquake hit the same Yunnan region in 2012, killing 81 people and injuring more than 800.

The earthquake caused 12,000 home to collapse and damaged up to 30,000 in Lodian, a densely populated county around 277 miles northeast of Yunnan's capital, Xinhua News Agency reports.

Of the homes that collapsed in the county, many of them were made of brick and very old, reports the Associated Press. Xinhua also reported that electricity and telecommunications to the county were cut off, as a result of the earthquake.

A resident of the city of Zhaotong, Ma Liya, told Xinhua that the streets were like "battlefield after bombardment."

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Disaster relief efforts are underway, with the Yunnan branch of the Red Cross Society of China, along with various other branches, sending quilts, jackets, blankets, and tents to the area to help the victims.

The city of Zhaotong has dispatched more than 300 police and firefighters, along with the province sending close to 400 rescue workers and multiple dogs to help the search and rescue efforts, reports Xinhua.

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