A paramilitary policeman carries a baby as resident vacate
the earthquake area. REUTERS/China Daily
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck southwestern China,
killing at least 367 people and leaving 1,881 injured in a
remote area of Yunnan province, and causing thousands of
buildings, including a school, to collapse.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered at a
shallow depth of less than 1.6km. Chinese state media said it
was felt most strongly in Yunnan as well as in the
neighbouring provinces of Guizhou and Sichuan.
The official Xinhua news agency said the epicentre was in
Longtoushan town in Yunnan's mountainous Ludian county.
Communications have been seriously affected and rescuers have
begun arriving on the scene, the report said.
Pictures posted online by state media showed troops
stretchering people away and cars damaged by fallen bricks.
Many people rushed out of buildings onto the street after the
quake hit, electricity supplies were cut and at least one
school collapsed, Xinhua added, with more than 12,000 houses
having collapsed and 30,000 sustaining damage.
Ludian resident Ma Liya told Xinhua the streets were like a
"battlefield after bombardment".
The government is sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds,
3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the disaster zone, where
heavy rain forecast for the coming days will add to the
misery, the report said.
Ludian is home to some 265,900 people, Xinhua added.
This region of China is frequently struck by quakes, with one
killing more than 1,400 in the same part of Yunnan in 1974.
A quake in Sichuan in 2008 killed almost 70,000 people.