Myanmar quake rocks part of south China   2011-03-25 02:05:25 FeedbackPrintRSS

KUNMING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Residents in south China's Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region felt tremors after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Myanmar, which borders Yunnan on the west and southwest.

Buildings shook for over a minute, reported some villagers in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan. The epicenter is 40 km from the Myanmar-China border, the prefecture disaster relief headquarters said in a statement.

In Menghai County of west Xishuangbanna, 90 km from the centimeter, buildings of Bulang Ethnic Township School had cracks on the walls. More than 360 students and teachers were evacuated to the school's playground, Liu Yongli, the school principal said.

In Nanning City, capital of Guangxi, many residents evacuated from buildings after they felt the tremors.

Authorities of Yunnan and Guangxi are investigating losses and possible casualties from the quake.

A spokesman with Yunnan's seismological bureau said the quake is unlikely to cause serious casualties in the province, adding contacts between the bureau and its liaisons at the Myanmar-China border was not disrupted.

The quake's damage in China remains unknown and no casualty has been reported so far.

The earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale jolted Myanmar at 9:55 p.m.(Beijing Time) Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Network Center.

The epicenter, with a depth of 20 km, was monitored at 20.8 degrees north latitude and 99.8 degrees east longitude, the center said in a statement.

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