367 killed, 2,000 wounded in China quake

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At least 367 people have been killed and some 2,000 others wounded following a powerful earthquake in China's province of Yunnan, Press TV reported.

"At least 367 people have been killed and 1,881 people were injured," in the quake, the official news agency Xinhua reported early on Monday.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 6.1 magnitude quake struck at 4:30 p.m. (0830 GMT) on Sunday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

"Too many buildings were damaged and we are collecting data on deaths and injuries," Xinhua said, quoting a local official in the township of Longtoushan, which was the quake's epicenter.

Some 2,500 troops were sent to quake-affected areas late on Sunday, state media reported.

The Red Cross Society of China allocated quilts, jackets and tents for those left homeless by the quake, while Red Cross branches in Hong Kong, Macau and neighboring Sichuan province also sent relief supplies.

Sunday's quake was the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.

In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan left at least 15,000 people dead and a magnitude-6.8 quake in the province killed over 1,500 in 1974.

In September 2012, more than 80 people were killed in twin quakes in Yunnan.

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