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6.1-magnitude quake kills at least 26 in southwest China

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Yunnan province Sunday (Aug 3), the US Geological Survey said. Chinese broadcaster CCTV said at least 26 people were killed and 79 others injured.

BEIJING: At least 26 people were reported dead and 79 injured as a strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Yunnan province Sunday (Aug 3). According to state media, communications and electricity were disrupted.

US Geological Survey said the quake's magnitude was 6.1, while Chinese media reported that the magnitude was 6.5.

The quake struck 11 kilometres west-northwest of the town of Wenping at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres.

Local media said the epicentre of the quake was in Yunnan province's Ludian county. It also added that rescue operations were underway.

According to Chuncheng Wanbao, tremors were felt in Yunnan province's Kunming and Qujing, and Sichuan province's Chengdu, Leshan and Chongqing.

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