Monday, June 25, 2012

Moderate earthquake in southwestern China leaves at least 1 dead, 10 injured

State media say a moderate earthquake in a mountainous part of southwestern China has killed one person and injured 10 others.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the magnitude-5.7 quake struck Sunday afternoon and was centered near the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. It says the casualties occurred in Yunnan's Ninglang county but gave no details.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.5.

A magnitude-5.8 quake in Yunnan in March last year killed 25 people and damaged thousands of homes. The area is about 2,340 kilometers (1,450 miles) southwest of Beijing.

China's worst earthquake in recent years struck Sichuan province in May 2008 and registered magnitude 7.9. It left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing.

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