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Earthquake Swarm Strikes China

China's earthquake prone Yunnan Province was struck by atotal of 47 earthquakes on Sunday. Reports from the arearemain sketchy, but one person has been confirmed killed and23 injured.

The quakes struck over a 17 hour period from Sunday and intoMonday. A number of the quakes exceeded 5.0 on the RichterScale.

In August, Yunnan was struck by a quake that left 125,000homeless, reportedly killed 4 and injured 600. This area ofChina is known for frequent earthquakes, but an almostcontinuous series of quakes concentrated in such a shortperiod is highly unusual.

China does not generally report injuries and deaths withgreat accuracy unless a disaster has been substantial enoughto require outside aid. The Chinese government rarely callsfor assistance from abroad.

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