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Reports say earthquake kills 4 in China
BEIJING (AP) – State media and local officials say an earthquake hit a mountainous area in southwestern China Saturday morning, killing at least four people and injuring others.
Officials say thousands of people have had to relocate after many buildings were damaged or destroyed.
Chinese officials say the quake had a magnitude of 5.9 while the U.S. Geological Survey measured 5.8,. The temblor shook several counties in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, including the scenic Shangri-La county.
China’s mountainous areas in its southwest are prone to earthquakes. In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing.
5.8 magnitude quake hits southwest China, One Dead
An earthquake struck a remote part of southwest China on Saturday near the popular tourist area of Shangri-La, killing at least one person, state media said.
BEIJING: An earthquake struck a remote part of southwest China on Saturday near the popular tourist area of Shangri-La, killing at least one person, state media said.
The 5.8 magnitude quake, which struck at 0004 GMT, was centred on Benzilan town in Yunnan province on the border with Sichuan province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
It struck at a shallow depth of about 10 kilometres.
The official Xinhua news agency said one person was killed and three seriously injured after their tourist bus was hit by falling rocks from a landslide.
China Floods Trigger Landslide, Bridge Collapse; Dozens Remain Missing
By The Associated Press
Floodwaters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China’s Sichuan province on July 9, 2013. Rainstorms sweeping across parts of China have affected millions, causing landslides and disabling transportation in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, state media reported.
China: 2 coal mine accidents leave 40 dead (UPDATE)
At least 40 miners were killed in two separate explosions in southwestern China in the last 24 hours.
This picture taken on December 5, 2012, shows the closed Shangchang Coal Mine in Fuyuan, in China‘s southwestern province of Yunnan, a day after an explosion killed 17 people.
The first accident happened Friday night. A gas blast at a mine in Guizhou province killed 12 workers and injured another two, Al Jazeera reported, citing state media.
On Saturday afternoon, 28 people were killed and 9 others were trapped after an explosion at a colliery in neighboring Sichuan province.
Xinhua news agency reported 108 miners were working underground at the time of the blast at the Taozigou mine, near Luzhou city.
Most of the workers apparently escaped.
The blast appears to have been caused by high gas density due to poor ventilation, Fu Jianhua, deputy director of the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said at a press conference.
China’s mines are some of the world’s deadliest, and though authorities have worked to improve conditions, regulations are often ignored.
Deputy governor of Sichuan Liu Jie said the Taozigou coal mine should be shut down “as soon as possible” and that all the province’s coal mines should suspend production while their practices and facilities are reviews.
China earthquake: ‘Hundreds dead or injured’ in Sichuan
Hundreds of people may have been killed or injured after an earthquake in China’s western Sichuan province, state media report.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which had a 6.6 magnitude, was centred 80km (50 miles) west of the town of Linqiong.
It said the tremor occurred at a depth of 12.3km (7.6 miles).
The area is prone to tremors. An 8.0 magnitude quake in Sichuan in May 2008 killed nearly 90,000 people.
The latest quake – initially reported as a 7.0 magnitude, and then at 6.9 – struck at 08:02 local time (01:02 BST), the USGS said.
It was felt 115km (71 miles) away in the provincial capital, Chengdu, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua.
It said only 10 people had been confirmed dead, but other state media suggested the toll could be far higher.
“The earthquake in Ya’an, Lushan, has injured or killed hundreds of people,” the Sichuan earthquake bureau said, quoted by an official website.