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19 reported injured after quake strikes China's Yunnan province

At least 19 people were injured when a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck China’s Yunnan province on Sunday morning (Aug 17). China Daily also reported on Sunday afternoon that aftershocks were felt in the area, and warned residents to be on alert.

YUNNAN: At least 19 people were injured when a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck China’s Yunnan province on Sunday morning (Aug 17). Local media reports said rescue operations were underway.

According to local media, the quake struck Yongshan county in Zhaotong prefecture. Pictures posted on social media showed rescuers making their way through debris lying on roads and broken tiles scattered outside residents' houses.

China Daily also reported on Sunday afternoon that aftershocks were felt in the area, and warned residents to be on alert.

A moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake also struck China's southwestern Sichuan province early Sunday (Aug 16), US geologists said. The quake struck at 0607 GMT +8 (2207 GMT Saturday) at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The USGS said the epicentre of the earthquake was two kilometres southwest of Xiluodu and 96 kilometres from Zhaotong in neighbouring Yunnan province, where a deadly quake two weeks ago killed 615 people and injured 3,143. 

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