Casualties after 5.8 earthquake in China

Last updated 22:48 10/03/2011

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An earthquake struck China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 135, an official said.

Witnesses reported that part of a supermarket had collapsed in the magnitude 5.8 earthquake, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

At least 14 people were killed and 135 other people were hurt, said an official with the Yunnan Disaster Relief Centre.

Another official on duty at the center, Gao Shaotang, said many houses had been toppled.

The website of the government earthquake monitoring station said the quake struck in Yunnan just before 1pm (6pm New Zealand time) at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The United States Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.4. Quakes of magnitude 5 or more are capable of causing damage.

The epicentre is in a mountainous area 2400 kilometres southwest of Beijing, close to the border with Myanmar.

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