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Deaths reported in China quake
At least 14 killed and more than 120 injured in earthquake near border with Myanmar.
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2011 07:28 GMT

At least 14 people have been killed and more than 120 injured in an earthquake that struck southwest China near the border with Myanmar.

The epicentre of the 5.4-magnitude quake, which struck at 12:58pm (0458 GMT), was located about 225km west-southwest of Dali in Yunnan province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Thursday.

The quake hit at a depth of 34km, the USGS said, though Chinese seismologists put the depth at a shallow 10km.

Many houses collapsed in the quake, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing local authorities.

Witnesses told the state news agency that parts of a supermarket and hotel had caved in, and that people were buried in the debris.

The quake triggered power outages in Yingjiang county, Xinhua said, adding that three aftershocks had been registered.

Military personnel were en route to the scene, it said.

A massive earthquake rocked the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan in May 2008, leaving nearly 87,000 people dead or missing.

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Al Jazeera and agencies
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