Magnitude 5.9 quake hits mountain region in south of country, with at leats three people confirmed dead
An earthquake hit a mountainous area in south-western China on Saturday morning, killing at least three people injuring 10 others, according to state media and the China Earthquake Administration.
The quake, which was measured at magnitude 5.9 by the administration, and 5.8 by the US Geological Survey, shook several counties, including the scenic Shangri-La and Deqen counties in Yunnan province, and Derong county in Sichuan province just to the north.
The official Xinhua News Agency quoted the Yunnan provincial civil affairs department as saying four people died in Deqen county.
The department said the quake also destroyed 600 residential units and damaged 55,500 others. More than 9,000 residents were forced to relocate.
Xinhua said telecommunications and electricity supplies were affected in Deqen and Derong, hindering rescue efforts.
China’s mountainous areas in its south-west are prone to earthquakes. In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing. In April this year, another quake in Sichuan killed 193 people.
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