Photos from the scene showed buildings that buckled, crushing their lower floors. Police, firefighters and soldiers rushed to the area to pull out people trapped in the rubble, including a man and girl stuck in the stairwell of a four-story building.
Parts of a supermarket and a hotel caved in, while sidewalks were lined with injured on blankets, being shielded from the sun by large vendor umbrellas. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that 24 people had been killed, including four students, citing the Yingjiang county government in Yunnan province. Another 207 people were injured, 33 of them in critical condition.
Pod-gers on the Huffington Post posted the following
"The Chinese response is always quick, and they provide plenty of manpower, rescue workers. security, doctors and nurses, along with tents, quilts and cots. It really is quite impressive. It makes me wonder if we are prepered to respond this way here in the US?"
Japan has also been pounded by a massive tsunami after being struck by one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, which was listed by the USGS as magnitude 8.9.
The powerful tsunami swept away cars near the coast and news networks have been broadcasting footage of waves sweeping through farmland normally many miles from the coast.
Japans death toll tops 10,000.