Thousands evacuated after quakes hit SW China

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck at 4:20 a.m. about 10 km (6.2 miles) from a town on the China-Myanmar border.

Thousands evacuated after quakes hit SW China

Two earthquakes jolted China's southwestern province of Yunnan early on Friday, injuring nine people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, state media said, citing local authorities.

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck at 4:20 a.m. about 10 km (6.2 miles) from Ruili, a town on the China-Myanmar border, Xinhua said, citing the province's earthquake monitor.

The quake destroyed the city government's old office building, and prompted the evacuation of about 30,000 people, Xinhua said, citing the local Communist Party chief.

Authorities were distributing supplies, Xinhua said.

Another tremor measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted Yiliang county near provincial capital Kunming at 2:19 a.m., damaging more than 100 houses, affecting some 1,200 people in eight villages. No casualties were reported, Xinhua said.

China is still struggling to build housing and infrastructure for millions of people made homeless by the May 12 Sichuan earthquake which killed 80,000 people.

Reuters
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