Two injured as moderate quake rattles China

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 00:26

Beijing: Two people were injured and
several houses damaged on Monday when a 5.2-magnitude earthquake
hit Tengchong County near the city of Baoshan in southwest
China`s Yunnan Province.

The epicentre of the tremor was recorded in the
country`s township of Mangbang, located more than 40 km away
from the county seat of Tengchong, the China Earthquake
Network Center.

The quake has injured two people and damaged several
houses, according to the provincial department of civil
affairs.

The department has sent tents, quilts and clothing to
the quake zone, according to Yao Guohua, the department`s
deputy head.

A driver surnamed Shao said he felt his car trembling
while driving on the Bolo highway, which is located near Tend.

A teacher from the county`s town of Mingguang said
that she also felt tremors in her town.

Baoshan public security and fire control authorities
have sent 10 vehicles and a team of 60 people to the quake
zone to assist in rescue efforts.

However, the road leading to the quake`s epicentre is
currently shrouded by heavy fog, with visibility reduced to
two meters, said Shi Lei, the team`s leader, Xinhua reported.

"The adverse weather will hamper the rescue effort,"
Shi said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 00:26

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