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At least four dead after earthquake strikes southwest China

AFP-Jiji

At least four people were killed and another 23 injured when an earthquake shook southwestern China’s Yunnan province, local authorities said Tuesday.

The shallow quake in Qiaojia county struck late Monday evening, the Yunnan government said in a statement on its social media account.

The quake hit near the city of Zhaotong, with a population of over 6 million, and registered 5.0 magnitude, according to China’s government seismology authority.

State news agency Xinhua said Tuesday that rescue teams including firefighters had been sent to 16 townships.

China is regularly hit by earthquakes, especially in its mountainous western and southwestern regions.

A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan province last year killed 13 and injured nearly 200 people, damaging a large number of structures.

A powerful 7.9 magnitude quake in Sichuan in 2008 left 87,000 people dead or missing.

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