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Last Updated: Friday July 10 2009 12:57 GMT

China quake flattens 18,000 homes

Damaged house in Yao'an County

An earthquake in south-west China has destroyed 18,000 homes, killed one person and injured more than 300 people, according to authorities there.

The quake struck on Thursday and came in at 5.7 on the Richter scale, which measures the strength of earthquakes.

About 75,000 homes were damaged in the first quake on Thursday. Eight smaller aftershocks soon followed.

Thousands of tents, quilts and other aid materials have been sent to the area hit by the quake.

Earthquakes go all the way up to 10 on the Richter scale. This quake wasn't very strong, but because it was in a built-up area, it caused lots of damage.

Map of China

The centre of the quake was in Yao'an County, 60 miles north-east of the town of Dali in Yunan province.

Hundreds of police have been sent to the area to help out.

Yunnan is near Sichuan province, where a huge earthquake in May last year destroyed several towns and cities, killing more than 80,000 people.