BEIJING, July 9, 2009 (AFP) - A
moderate earthquake Thursday in southwestern China injured more than 300
people, 30 of them seriously, and led to the collapse of thousands of homes,
state media and seismologists said.
The epicentre of the 5.5 magnitude quake
was in Guantun, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) from Kunming, the capital
of Yunnan province, said official news agency Xinhua, citing the China
Earthquake Networks Centre.
Xinhua said more than 300 people were
injured by the quake which destroyed over 10,000 homes and damaged around
30,000, citing local officials.