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Earthquake Damages Thousands of Homes in Southern China

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An earthquake that struck southern China last night destroyed almost 7,000 homes and injured 324 people, the official Xinhua News Agency said today.

The 6.6-magnitude quake in Yunnan province killed one person and the likelihood of major casualties is low, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said in a statement on its website. An earlier statement by the Earthquake Administration had said the temblor resulted in “great casualties and heavy losses.”