Strong quake hits southwest China, kills four, injures 200


A strong earthquake rumbled through southwest China on Tuesday, killing at least four people and injuring another 200, the State Seismological Bureau said.

The magnitude-5.6 quake struck at 606 p.m. (1326 GMT) and was centered in Ludian, a county in Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Hou Jiansheng, a seismologist at the bureau, said four deaths had been reported and at least 200 more people were injured.

“It’s a poor rural area and their facilities aren’t too good, so the number of dead and injured may rise,” Hou said.

The extent of damage was not immediately clear, he said.