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Collapsed houses are seen in Ludian County of Zhaotong City in southwest China's Yunnan province, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, after Sunday's strong earthquake. Rescuers dug through shattered homes Monday looking for survivors of the earthquake that killed hundreds and injured more than a thousand people.(Credit: AP / Kyodo News)

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Earthquake levels Chinese neighborhoods

About 12,000 homes collapsed when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Sunday afternoon in the impoverished Ludian county of China, around 230 miles northeast of Yunnan province's capital, Kunming, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. It said about 230,000 people had been evacuated.