POSTED: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 2:17am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 2:30am
10,000 reportedly injured
The death toll from the powerful earthquake that hit China this morning continues to rise.
Chinese State Media now reports some 400 people were killed by the earthquake near Tibet.
The US Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 6.9. It was followed by several powerful aftershocks.
According to Chinese State Media, some 10-thousand people were also injured.
Local reports say more than 85 percent of the buildings in one town near the epicenter were flattened.
Almost two years ago, a magnitude 7.9 quake in neighboring Sichuan Province left almost 90-thousand people dead or missing.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed at least 300 people in China's mountainous Tibetan Plateau Tuesday.
Rescue workers say dozens more are trapped in collapsed houses in the ethnic Tibetan Region and nearly 8,000 people were injured.
China's official news agency reported this morning that a series of quakes and aftershocks caused low level brick buildings to collapse.
The quake was centered in the mountains that divide China's Qinghai Province from the Tibet Autonomous Region.
The foothills to the South and East of the area are home to herders and Tibetan monasteries.