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5.6-magnitude quake hits SW China

English.news.cn   2014-05-24 09:05:58

In this photo taken with a cellphone, an army soldier (R) visits citizens affected by an earthquake in Kachang Town of Yingjiang County in Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, May 24, 2014. A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Yingjiang County at 4:49 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Five people have been injured as of 6:20 a.m. Investigations and disaster relief near the epicenter have been carried out. (Xinhua/Zhao Jiao)
In this photo taken with a cellphone, an army soldier (R) visits citizens affected by an earthquake in Kachang Town of Yingjiang County in Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, May 24, 2014. A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Yingjiang County at 4:49 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Five people have been injured as of 6:20 a.m. Investigations and disaster relief near the epicenter have been carried out. (Xinhua/Zhao Jiao)

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KUNMING, May 24 (Xinhua) -- A 5.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Yingjiang County of southwest China's Yunnan Province at 4:49 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time), slightly injuring five people, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) and local authorities.

The epicenter was measured at 25.0 degrees north and 97.8 degrees east, at a depth of 12 km, the CENC reported.

The five injured people have been sent to hospital, according to local publicity officials.

Many residents rushed out of home when the quake happened. Tiles fell from some roofs and a power blackout occurred in the epicenter, said Tao Jiqing, Party secretary of the county.

The Yunan Provincial Civil Affairs Department has sent 500 tents and 1,000 folding beds to the quake-hit areas. Relief efforts are underway.

Yingjiang borders Myanmar. It has a population of 300,000.

Editor: Yang Yi
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