August 30, 2008

China Earthquake Kills 7, Injures 26

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit southwest China Saturday, killing seven people and injuring 26, officials said.

Eleven of the injured were said to have sustained serious wounds, the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. The epicenter of the quake was 30 miles southeast of Panzhihua City in Sichuan province, with most of the deaths and injuries reported in neighboring Yunnan province.

Xinhua said all the affected counties in Sichuan and Yunnan reported damaged houses, but no casualties or damage were reported in the urban areas of Panzhihua City.

"Locals in the county rushed out into the open and cracks appeared on house walls and many windows were broken," Zheng Zhouwei, a legislator in Yongren, told the news agency. It said the capitals of the two provinces, Chengdu and Kunming, felt the tremor, prompting many residents to set up camps outdoors.