175 dead in China earthquake

China's Yunnan province (Wikipedia)

China's Yunnan province (Wikipedia)

At least 175 people died and 1,400 people were injured after a strong earthquake hit China’s Yunnan province on Sunday, state-run television reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.1. The China Earthquake Networks Center called it a 6.5.

Some 12,000 homes were destroyed, 30,000 others were damaged and 181 people are still missing, according to CCTV.

Power and telephone outages were complicating assessment of the damage, rescuers said.

The quake was centered about 11 kilometers (7 miles) west-northwest of the town of Wenping, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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