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Earthquake in China; 8 injured

February 20, 2013 10:42 IST

Eight people were injured in an earthquake near the border area of China's southwestern Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, local authorities said on Wednesday.

The 4.9-magnitude quake, which occurred at 10.46 am on Tuesday with an epicenter 6 km deep, toppled 72 houses and damaged 949 others in Yunnan's QiaojiaCounty, the county government said.

The injured, including two people in serious condition, have been sent to local hospitals, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"Many people ran out of buildings when the quake came, but there was no falling debris. The shopping mall resumed business shortly after," a mall shopper in the county said.

Rescue work is underway and local civil affairs authorities have dispatched relief materials such as tents and quilts to the area, the county government said.

The quake was followed by two more in Sichuan province that both registered above magnitude 4.

A 4.5-magnitude quake jolted Yibin City, Sichuan Province, at 3:55 p.m., and another 4.7-magnitude quake hit MianyangCity at 10:17 p.m., according to the ChinaEarthquakeNetworksCenter.

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