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A moderate earthquake hit southwest China's Yunnan Province leaving eighteen people injured measuring 5 on the Richter scale jolted southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities have said.
The provincial civil affairs department said in a statement that the temblor damaged over 6,000 residences and affected over 48,000 residents in Tonghai and Huaning counties and in the district of Jiangchuan, all administered by the city of Yuxi. The injured are being treated in a hospital and are said to be in a stable condition.
The epicenter of the quake which struck yesterday was at a depth of seven kilometers, China Earthquake Networks Centre said. "Stuff in my office started shaking. I heard a bang, and then the drinking fountain fell," Chang Li, a nurse with the county's orthopedic hospital in Tonghai, was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
By Sowmya Sangam