China earthquake, casualties reported and at least a hundred injured

By on Mar 10, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

A strong earthquake hits China on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:58 p.m. (Beijing time), where casualties have been reported and more than 100 others were injured.

According to Xinhua News Agency, at least 7 people were killed while 121 others were injured when a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit YinJiang County in the southwestern part of China, near the border with Myanmar.

China Central Television was said to have announced that officials have counted the number of casualties at around 2 p.m. and noted that the actual number is yet to be confirmed.

On the other hand, the US Geological Survey said the China earthquake recorded at 5.4 magnitude, and struck 225km (140 miles) southwest of Dali in Yunnan province, in YinJiang County at 12:58 p.m. (Beijing time).

Apparently, other international news sites reported that at least 14 dead and 157 others were hurt, as told by some Chinese local officials.

Nevertheless, several houses were damaged as well as some business establishment including a hotel and a supermarket in the said area.

Later, several aftershocks to be scaling to 4.7-magnitude were felt as rescuers and officials immediately rushed to the affected areas.

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