10 Jul 2009

300 injured in southwest China quake

4:13 pm on 10 July 2009

A moderate earthquake in southwestern China has injured more than 300 people, 30 of them seriously.

State-run news agency Xinhua says the epicentre of the 5.5-magnitude quake was in Guantun, about 200km from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.

It reports the quake destroyed more than 10,000 houses and damaged about 30,000.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 7.19pm on Thursday at a depth of 54km.

Xinhua reports up to eight smaller aftershocks occurred.

Nearly 87,000 people were left dead or missing when a quake measuring 8 on the Richter scale hit Sichuan province in southwest China on 12 May 2008.