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22 Dead after Quake Jolts Sichuan
Update: 8/31/2008 11:40:00 AM Source: Shichuan Hotel


Photo taken on Aug. 31 shows a house in Renhe District of Panzhihua City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, is damaged in an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale that hits Panzhihua Aug. 30, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

PANZHIHUA, Sichuan -- Twenty-two people were dead after an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Panzhihua City in southwest China on Saturday.

As of 9 pm, 17 people were reported dead and about 100 others injured in Sichuan, and five others dead and 26 other injured in neighboring Yunnan Province.

A man, 54, was killed in Miyi County and another was confirmed to have died when a house collapsed in Zhongchang Township of Lihui County, Sichuan Province.

Five people died in Chuxiong Prefecture in Yunnan Province, where 26 were injured, 11 severely, as of 8:30 p.m., said Mengfu, a prefecture government official.

The casualties in Yunnan were reported in Yongren, Yuanmou, Wuding and Dayao counties, in which four deaths were in Yuanmou and another in Yongren.

The quake struck at 4:30 pm (Beijing time). The epicenter was about 50 km southeast of downtown Panzhihua, at 26.2 degrees north and 101.9 degrees east and at a depth of 10 km, the National Seismograph Network Center said.

All the affected counties in Sichuan and Yunnan reported damaged houses.

No casualties or damaged houses were reported in the urban area of Panzhihua.

"Locals in the county rushed out into the open. Cracks appeared on house walls and many windows were broken," said Zheng Zhouwei, a local legislator in Yongren.

Yunan's capital, Kunming, about 300 km from the epicenter, and Sichuan's capital of Chengdu also felt the tremor. Many residents were staying outside after the quake.
Xinjiang Quake

And in Xinjiang, an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Hejing county, Bayingolin Autonomous Prefecture of Mongolian Ethnic Group in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Saturday evening.

The quake struck a place at 42.7 degrees north latitude and 83.9 degrees east longitude at 8:46 p.m. (Beijing time). The depth of the epicenter is about 10 km, the National Seismograph Network Center said.

No casualties have been reported so far.

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