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More Than 500 Injured in Quake

May 25, 2001

BEIJING (AP) _ A powerful earthquake struck central China early Thursday as people slept, killing one person and injuring more than 500 others, officials said.

The 5.8-magnitude quake struck at 5:10 a.m along the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, an area about 1,250 miles southwest of Beijing, local seismologists said.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that 566 people were injured. It said the quake damaged large areas of housing, 40 schools, 11 reservoirs, four power plants and six bridges.

More than 600 livestock animals were killed and economic losses exceeded $12 million, Xinhua said.

An earthquake forecast and local government officials’ previous experience in directing rescue work helped reduce casualties from the quake, Xinhua said.

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