An earthquake in China’s southwestern Yunnan province toppled 10,000 homes and injured more than 300 people, prompting authorities to deploy hundreds of police to the worst-hit areas.
The magnitude-6 quake struck at 7:19 p.m. local time yesterday in Guantun Township, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the provincial city of Kunming, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Eight aftershocks rattled the region as relief officials distributed tents, medicines and food to people whose homes were destroyed, Xinhua said.
About 30,000 buildings were damaged across six counties in Chuxiong and 30 people were severely injured and being treated in the hospital, according to the report. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 5.7 and said the quake was 10 kilometers deep.