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Friday, August 08, 2014, 10:20 am PT (01:20 pm ET)

Apple to donate $1.6M for earthquake relief in China - report

Apple is said to have committed some 10 million yuan — $1.6 million — to support relief efforts following an earthquake in China's Yunnan province earlier this week that left over 600 people dead, the second time in as many years that the iPhone maker has pledged significant financial aid in the wake of a natural disaster.




Though Apple has yet to publicly confirm the donation, word of the company's commitment was reported by state-owned broadcaster China Radio International. Apple also updated its Chinese homepage to express its condolences.

Last April, Apple contributed 50 million yuan, or $8 million, to rescue and recovery work after an earthquake in neighboring Sichuan province. That event took nearly 200 lives and injured more than 10,000 people.

It is unknown whether Apple will follow up its donation by activating its iTunes donation system, which allows users to contribute to the Red Cross via iTunes. The last time the company did so was in November of 2013 after deadly Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, killing more than 10,000.

Apple has also activated the system to accept contributions after Hurricane Sandy and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.