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[August 03, 2014]

M6.5 quake hits SW China [China Daily: Hong Kong Edition]

(China Daily: Hong Kong Edition Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) An injured resident is carried away after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in Southwest China's Yunnan province at 4:30 pm Sunday. [Photo/CCTV]    A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Ludian County of Zhaotong city in Southwest China's Yunnan province at 4:30 pm Sunday (Beijing Time), said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).


Latest: 19:50 Some 29 people from Qiaojia county were killed and 79 injured, according to the civil affairs department of the county. A primary school girl was also reported being trapped in the debris.

19:20 At least 24 people were killed in Qiaojia county and 11 injured in Ludian county, a local news website yunnan.cn reported.

19:00 The fire department of quake-hit Ludian county said they had recieved reports of injuries.

The epicenter was monitored at 27.1 degrees north latitude and 103.3 degrees east longitude with a depth of 12 kilometers, according to the CENC.

"I felt a strong jolt on my fifth-floor home and some small objects in my home fell off the shelves," said a resident in the county seat of Ludian.

Most people rushed out of buildings to the streets. Electricity was cut, telecommunications services were affected and it was hard to reach people in Ludian by mobile phone, the resident said.

Another resident said it felt like "sailing a boat" when he was driving a car in the tremor.

The Yunnan provincial earthquake administration has sent a 30-member working team to the epicenter and it will soon held a meeting to evaluate the situations.

Zhaotong is about 300 km from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan. In September 2012, a 5.7-magnitude caused more than 80 deaths and injured more than 800 people.

In 1974, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in the same place caused about 1,500 deaths.

  Part of a wall falls off a local building after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county in southwest China's Yunnan province at 4:30 pm on Sunday.[Photo/SinaWeibo]  A car is damaged by the debris caused by an 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Ludian county in southwest China's Yunnan Provinceon Sunday.[Photo/SinaWeibo] Part of a local building collapses after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Ludian county insouthwest China's Yunnan Province at 4:30 pm on Sunday.[Photo/SinaWeibo]    (c) 2014 China Daily Information Company. All Rights Reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).

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