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70,000 homes collapse in China aftershock

world Updated: May 25, 2008 19:29 IST

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More than 70,000 homes collapsed in southwest China on Sunday after a strong aftershock rattled the region devastated by a massive quake two weeks ago, state media reported, quoting a local official.

About 71,300 homes collapsed and more than 200,000 others were in danger of collapsing after the quake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, Xinhua news agency quoted Wang Fei, a disaster relief official in Guangyuan, as saying.

The aftershock was the strongest since an 8.0-magnitude quake on May 12 that destroyed large swathes of Sichuan province.