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5.7-quake kills 64 in China’s southwest

Its depth was about 14 km. Rescuers were yet to reach some of the villages blocked off by landslides and falling rocks.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Beijing | Published: September 8, 2012 1:57:28 am

At least 64 people were killed and 715 others injured on Friday when a shallow earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks jolted the mountainous southwest China,triggering landslides and uprooting over a lakh people.

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the border area of Yiliang county in Yunnan province and Weining county in the neighbouring Guizhou province at 11:19 am local time,according to China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC).

The epicentre of the quake was traced at Luozehe town,about 33 km away from the city centre of Zhaotong. Its depth was about 14 km. Rescuers were yet to reach some of the villages blocked off by landslides and falling rocks.

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