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A photo taken by a mobile phone shows destroyed houses after an earthquake hit the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China's Qinghai province April 14, 2010 in this photo released by China's official Xinhua News Agency. The magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Wednesday killed about 300 people and left more than 8,000 injured as houses, schools and offices collapsed.

A photo taken by a mobile phone shows destroyed houses after an earthquake hit the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China's Qinghai province April 14, 2010 in this photo released by China's official Xinhua News Agency. The magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Wednesday killed about 300 people and left more than 8,000 injured as houses, schools and offices collapsed. 

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A magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Wednesday killed about 300 people in the mountainous Tibetan Plateau in southwest China and left more than 8,000 injured as houses, schools and offices collapsed.

A series of quakes and aftershocks caused low, brick buildings in Qinghai Province's ethnically Tibetan Yushu county to collapse, residents and state media said. Troops have been dispatched to the area.

About 300 had been killed in the county seat, also known as Jyeku, state television said, citing the deputy secretary-general of the Yushu government, Huang Limin.

The Tibetan plateau is regularly shaken by earthquakes, but casualties are usually minimal because so few people live there.

Many residents of the remote area could be left without shelter in temperatures that hover near freezing in Yushu, and even colder in the high mountain villages. Government officials told state media the majority of houses had been badly damaged.

"I see injured people everywhere. The biggest problem now is that we lack tents, we lack medical equipment, medicine and medical workers," Zhuohuaxia, a local spokesman, told the Xinhua news agency.

Xinhua reported that the early morning quake had caused some schools and part of a government office building to cave in. Some vocational school students and primary school students were trapped in the rubble, it said, although residents said students at some schools had been able to flee to the playgrounds.

The widespread collapse of school buildings when other surrounding buildings stayed standing, caused anger and accusations of corruption after the devastating May 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, which killed 80,000 people.