5.6-Magnitude Quake Hits Southwestern China; Dozens Dead


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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook China’s southwestern Yunnan and Guizhou provinces on Friday, leaving at least 43 people dead and 150 others injured, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.1-mile deep quake struck one mile southwest of Jiaokui around noon local time.  Over a dozen aftershocks have been felt since, Xinhua reports.

Over 20,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, the news agency says, while more than 100,000 people have been evacuated.

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