5.0-magnitude quake hits southwest China

2018-08-13 08:20:17 | From:Xinhua

  A 5.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Tonghai County in the city of Yuxi, southwest China's Yunnan Province, at 1:44 a.m. Monday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

  People took refuge in the square of the New District after the earthquake in Tonghai County, Yuxi City, Yunnan Province on August 13, 2018. [Photo: Xinhua]

  The epicenter, with a depth of 7 km, was monitored at 24.19 degrees north latitude and 102.71 degrees east longitude, the center said.

  The provincial earthquake bureau has launched an emergency response and has sent a team of experts to the areas hit by the quake.

  The quake was felt strongly and many people ran outdoors for safety as it struck, said a source of the county publicity department.

  At least one person was injured and two houses were partly damaged in the quake, said the county authority for disaster reduction in a statement.

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