A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck southwest China’s Yunnan province at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and destroying 12,000 homes, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. Xinhua reports that 122 of those killed were form Ludian county, where another 1,300 were hurt. 49 of the casualties happened in nearby Qiaojia county, where 102 were injured. The 6-mile-deep tremor, which could also be felt in the neighboring provinces of Guizhou and Sichuan, is the strongest to hit the earthquake-prone Yunnan in 14 years.
Ma Liya, who lives in Ludian County, told Xinhua that her neighborhood currently looks like a "battlefield after bombardment." Another resident said that driving during the earthquake felt like "sailing on a boat."
According to Xinhua 2,500 troops have been sent to provide relief to the mountainous, mostly agricultural region.
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