Southwest China quake kills 15, scores injured

The epicentre of the quake, which struck around 4:30 p.m. (0730 GMT), was 20 miles (30 km) southeast of Panzhihua, near Sichuan's border with Yunnan province.

Southwest China quake kills 15, scores injured
An earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan province on Saturday, killing 15 people and injuring nearly a hundred as houses in rural villages collapsed, state media reported.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck around 4:30 p.m. (0730 GMT), was 20 miles (30 km) southeast of Panzhihua, near Sichuan's border with Yunnan province, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was six miles (10 km) deep.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.7 and China's official Xinhua news agency said it measured 6.1 on the Richter scale.

Parts of Sichuan province were devastated by an earthquake that killed about 70,000 people in May 12. The province, known for its pandas and fiery cuisine, has struggled to rebuild after the disaster, which left 10 million people homeless.

"A large number of houses have collapsed," Qi Kaihong, deputy chief of the Huili county publicity department, told Chinese state television.

About 1,400 homes were damaged in several counties and some of them collapsed entirely, Xinhua reported.

Reuters
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