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AP PHOTOS: Earthquake ravages southern China

AP PHOTOS: Earthquake leaves trail of devastation in southern China

Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 4, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

Rescue workers on Monday tore through the rubble of collapsed buildings and thousands of homes leveled by a strong earthquake in southern China, rescuing more than 32 people, as the death toll neared 400. Aerial photos from the quake’s epicenter in the town Longtoushan, showed large debris fields where buildings crumbled. Some of the injured were carried from the area by troops while others sought refuge in tents marked with “Disaster” or wandered the streets. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the town to comfort survivors. Rainstorms complicated recovery efforts and medics reported severe shortages of medicine and inability to perform operations. In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people.

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