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    Death Toll Mounts After Earthquake in Southwest China

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    August 07, 2014, 6:42:51 AM EDT

    Nearly 600 people are dead after a strong earthquake struck southwestern China on Sunday. The weather threatens to interfere with rescue and recovery efforts.

    The 6.1-magnitude earthquake occurred in China's Yunnan Province at 4:30 p.m. local time Sunday (4:30 a.m. EDT), according to the United States Geological Survey.

    More precisely, the epicenter was registered 7 miles west-northwest of Wenping, China, or 454 miles north-northwest of Ha Noi, Vietnam.

    The China Earthquake Networks Center lists the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.5.

    China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that 504 of the deaths occurred in worst-hit Ludian County.


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    More than 2,401 additional people have sustained injuries from the quake.

    The earthquake reportedly caused nearly 80,000 homes to collapse and seriously damaged 124,000 others.

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    Several aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.5 or higher have occurred since the initial quake.

    Daily showers and thunderstorms with localized downpours will continue to hamper rescue and recovery efforts over the next several days.

    According to Xinhua, landslides blocking roads and rivers--leading to the formation of barrier lakes--are posing new hazards to victims and rescuers.

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