Premier Li sets out for Yunnan quake zone
Updated: 2014-08-04 08:11
An injured resident is carried away to a place of safety after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Southwest China's Yunnan province at 4:30 pm Sunday. [Photo/CCTV]
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled southwest China's Yunnan province at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
The epicenter is in Longtoushan Township, 23 km southwest of the county seat of Ludian, in Zhaotong city.
More than 12,000 houses have been toppled and 30,000 damaged in the quake zone.
At least 381 people dead and 1,801 injured
Many of the homes that collapsed in Ludian, which has a population of about 429,000, were old and made of brick.
More than 2,500 troops dispatched to the disaster region.
The quake struck at 4:30 pm on Sunday with a depth of 12 km. The epicenter was in Longtoushan Township, 23 km southwest of Zhaotong, in Ludian county, the China Earthquake Networks Center reported.
Live: 381 dead as strong quake rocks SW China