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5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts southwest China

Published on Apr 5, 2014 11:21 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck southwest China on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities checking for damage.

The tremor in Yunnan province, near the border with Sichuan, was at a depth of 26km and hit early Saturday morning, USGS said.

It struck 7km from the town of Xiluodu in Yongshan County, which is home to the Xiluodu Dam - one of the tallest in the world.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre put the depth of the quake at 13km with a magnitude of 5.3, according to state news agency Xinhua.

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