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Central China Quake Wrecks Scores of Homes December 20, 2013
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Three people were injured Monday afternoon in central China’s Hubei province when a sharp temblor wrecked nearly 96 homes in the mountainous county of Badong.

The country’s Earthquake Networks Center said the 5.0 magnitude quake struck at 1:03 p.m. local time at a depth of about 3 miles.

It determined the epicenter was 4 miles northeast of Xinling and 650 miles north-northwest of Hong Kong.

Approximately 96 homes were destroyed and about 2,500 others severely damaged, according to a spokesman for the Miao Autonomous Prefecture.

The shaking also unleashed several landslides in the county.

Damage from the quake was estimated at $2.6 million.

The Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, is located more than 60 miles from the epicenter.

A spokesman for the China Three Gorges Corporation said the dam remained intact and was operating normally after the earthquake.