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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Southern China

A 6.1 earthquake devastated southern China on Sunday, killing at least 398 people and injuring more than 1,800.

A helicopter flies over rescue workers at the epicenter of an earthquake that struck the town of Longtoushan in southern China on Aug. 4, 2014.

Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake that struck southern China on Sunday, killing at least 398 people and injuring more than 1,800.

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An injured person is evacuated after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Longtoushan on Aug. 4.

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A helicopter flies above collapsed houses in Longtoushan on Aug. 4.

About 12,000 homes collapsed when the quake struck Sunday afternoon in impoverished Ludian county, around 230 miles northeast of Yunnan province's capital, Kunming, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Villagers receive treatment in a crop field after a deadly earthquake hit Qiaojia county on Aug. 3.

The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at a depth of 6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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An injured child walks past rescuers in Longtoushan on Aug. 4.

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Liu Jiali cries as his daughter wipes his tears after an earthquake killed Liu's wife and two other children in Longtoushan on Aug. 4.

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Rescuers carry an injured earthquake victim in Zhaotong on Aug. 4.

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Aftermath from a landslide is seen along a damaged road in Zhaotong on Aug. 4.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the area were complicating efforts to bring tents, water, food and other relief supplies to survivors.

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A man holds a picture as he stands in debris in Longtoushan on Aug. 4.

The mountainous region where the quake occurred is largely agricultural, with farming and mining the top industries, and is prone to earthquakes.

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A woman carries an injured girl in Zhaotong, on Aug. 4.

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Rescuers search for survivors as they walk among the debris of collapsed buildings in Longtoushan on Aug. 4.

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An injured man walks next to debris after an earthquake hit Ludian county, on Aug. 4.

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A resident stands on remnants of a collapsed building in Longtoushan on Aug. 4.

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