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More than 40 die in China earthquakes; WORLDBULLETINS.

A SERIES of earthquakes killed at least 43 people in rural south-western China yesterday.

The quakes, ranging from a magnitude of 4.8 to 5.6, struck hilly areas of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.

A spokesman from the Yunnan seismological bureau, Zhang Junwei, said the deaths were in the worst-hit county of Yiliang in Yunnan.

Mr Zhang said another 150 people were hurt.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the earthquake destroyed or damaged 20,000 homes.

Buildings in rural areas in China are often constructed poorly.

In 2008, an earthquake in Sichuan province, north of Yunnan, killed nearly 90,000 people, with many deaths blamed on poorly built buildings.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:9CHIN
Date:Sep 8, 2012
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