Magnitude five quake in southwestern China kills four, injures 23

BEIJING (AP) — A magnitude five earthquake in southwestern China has killed four people and injured 23, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The temblor in Yunnan province’s Qiaojia county struck at 9.47pm on Monday at a relatively shallow depth of eight kilometres.

The United States (US) Geological Survey listed the quake at 4.5 magnitude and a depth of 10 kilometres, while giving slightly different data on the time it struck and the location of the epicentre. Such discrepancies are not unusual given the vast distances involved.

At least one house collapsed and residents said the shaking went on for several seconds. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage to buildings and infrastructure.

Earthquakes occur frequently in the area, which lies in the eastern slope of the Tibetan plateau.

A 1976 earthquake centred in the northeastern city of Tangshan killed at least 250,000 people.