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Shallow 5.3 quake strikes southwest China: Xinhua

BEIJING -- A shallow 5.3 quake struck southwest China Saturday, sending terrified residents running from their homes as dozens of houses collapsed and injuring at least 10 people, state media reported.

The tremor in Yunnan province, near the border with Sichuan, hit at 6.40 am (2240 GMT on Friday) at a depth of 13 kilometres, Xinhua news agency said citing the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Residents ran out of their homes after they were woken up by the quake which caused 20 houses to collapse, Xinhua reported, adding that two of the 10 people injured were in serious condition.

“We felt the quake strongly, but it did not last long,” said a local resident.

The US Geological Survey put the depth of the quake at 26 kilometres with a magnitude of 5.4.

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