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At least 180,000 homes destroyed in southwest China quake

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At least 180,000 homes were destroyed in an earthquake on August 30 in southwest China, the Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.
BEIJING, August 31 (RIA Novosti) - At least 180,000 homes were destroyed in an earthquake on August 30 in southwest China, the Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

The quake struck China's Sichuan Province on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. [08:30 GMT] with the epicenter about 50 km southeast of the city of Panzhihua, the news agency said.

Shortly after, a 5.3 aftershock struck the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the northwest of the country.

At least 27 people were killed and over 100 injured.

The latest tremors occurred a week after China marked 100 days since the Sichuan province was hit by a massive earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale, the most powerful to hit the region in thirty years.

At least 70,000 people were killed and 10 million displaced in the May 12 quake.

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