More Than 500 Dead After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Southern China

At least 589 people are dead in southern China's Yunnan province after a U.S. Geological Survey reported magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit on Sunday.

Updated — Aug. 5, 11:48 p.m. ET:

A USGS reported magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the southern Chinese province of Yunnan on Sunday, killing at least 589 people and injuring more than 2400, the Associated Press reported.

The earthquake caused 12,000 home to collapse and damaged up to 30,000 in Lodian, a densely populated county around 277 miles northeast of Yunnan's capital, Xinhua News Agency reports.

Of the homes that collapsed in the county, many of them were made of brick and very old, reports the Associated Press. Xinhua also reported that electricity and telecommunications to the county were cut off, as a result of the earthquake.

A resident of the city of Zhaotong, Ma Liya, told Xinhua that the streets were like "battlefield after bombardment."

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