Two injured as moderate quake rattles China
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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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