China earthquake toll reaches 80

Tens of 1,00's of homes damaged

KUNMING, China, | September 8, 2012

The death toll from the earthquakes that struck southwestern China rose to 80 Saturday morning, authorities said.

A spokesman for the Yunnan province Civic Affairs Department told Xinhua News Agency the toll could go higher because the quakes occurred in a poor mountainous region where telecommunications and traffic infrastructure were seriously damaged, making it difficult to obtain information.

The series of earthquakes that hit the region Friday injured at least 730 people, and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes, officials said.

About 100,000 people fled their homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported four earthquakes with two measured at 5.6-magnitude and two 4.8.

The quakes also caused damage in neighboring Guizhou province.

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