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Earthquake in Southwest China Destroys 10,000 Homes

Southwest China was hit by what's being called a moderate magnitude 6 earthquake although there is some very severe damage being reported by the Chinese government, which says that 10,000 houses have collapsed and 30,000 were damaged.

The Associated Press is reporting the following:

BEIJING (AP) - A moderate earthquake rocked southwest China Thursday evening, injuring at least 336 people and collapsing 10,000 homes, state media said.

The magnitude-6.0 temblor, centered in Yunnan province's Yao'an county, damaged another 30,000 homes, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Thirty people suffered severe injuries, while the other 305 were slightly injured, Xinhua said.

The quake was followed by eight aftershocks and the provincial civil affairs department was sending 4,500 tents, 3,000 quilts and other relief materials to Yao'an, Xinhua said.