Moderate quake hits SW China; at least 13 dead
Thursday, March 10, 2022 2:13 AM

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(Source: Associated Press/AP Online)BEIJING - An earthquake struck China's extreme southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 125, 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 13 people were killed and 126 other people were hurt, said an official with the Yunnan Disaster Relief Center who would only give his surname, Chen.

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 1 p.m. (0500 GMT) at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).

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 epicenter is in a mountainous area 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) southwest of Beijing, close to the border with Myanmar.

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