Rescue Efforts Underway After Deadly Earthquake in Southwest China

Rescuers search for buried people at the earthquake area on Aug. 4 in Zhaotong, China Photograph by ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

A powerful earthquake jolted the mountains of southwestern China on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. local time, killing at least 381 people and injuring more than 1,800, according to state media reports. The quake, measured at 6.1 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Service, toppled at least 12,000 homes in the poverty-stricken region of Yunnan province where it struck. Landslides covered roads and downed power lines. Meanwhile, rescue teams organized by the People’s Liberation Army scrambled to reach the remote area to deliver food, medical supplies, clothing, 2,000 tents, and 3,000 folding beds.

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