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Strong Earthquake Strikes China's Yunnan Province: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck in a remote area in China's southwestern province of Yunnan.
Image: A man carrying a bag walks past the ruins of a damaged house after an earthquake hit Yongping township of Jinggu county
A house damaged after an earthquake hit Yongping township in Yunnan province on Tuesday.China Daily via Reuters

BEIJING - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck in a remote area in China's southwestern province of Yunnan on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The USGS said the quake's epicentre was 101 miles north-northwest of Yunjinghong and si miles deep.

The official Xinhua news agency said shaking could be felt in the provincial capital of Yunnan, Kunming, as well as several other major cities in the province. The epicentre, Jinggu county, is in a remote, mostly rural mountainous part of Yunnan.

Xinhua quoted a county official as saying that houses there shook for several seconds and some tiles fell off roofs while residents ran outside, though there were yet to be reports of deaths or injuries. The People's Daily said the county is home to about 300,000 people, mostly ethnic minorities. Hundreds died in a 6.3 magnitude quake which hit another part of Yunnan in August.

A house damaged after an earthquake hit Yongping township in Yunnan province on Tuesday.China Daily via Reuters

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- Reuters