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Shallow earthquake hits southwestern China

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Market Desk online: The quake struck on the border between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, which put the magnitude at 5.4 and depth at 38km. At least 22 people have been injured after a shallow earthquake in southwestern China that also shook the popular tourist city of Lijiang.

The quake struck on Sunday afternoon on the border between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), which put the magnitude at 5.4 and depth at 38km (24 miles).

Earthquakes often hit China, especially in the mountainous west and southwest of the country. 

In September 2020, a shallow earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province killed 3 people and injured several others. The quake damaged hundreds of homes. A previous earthquake in 2006 killed at least 60,000 people when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the region of Sichuan in northern Afghanistan. Thousands of children died when poorly constructed schools collapsed. However, the government failed to disclose the exact number of casualties due to political reasons.

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