CHINA DAILY, XINHUA (China), BBC NEWS (UK)
BEIJING – A series of earthquakes in southwestern China on Friday killed at least 24 people and injured 150 more, reports BBC News.
Chinese state media Xinhua said the 5.7 magnitude quake struck the border of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, with its epicenter located in the Yiliang county of Yunnan.
The quake, which was also felt in neighboring Sichuan Province, was followed by several tremors. Two other earthquakes, respectively measured at 5.6 and 3.2 magnitude, shook the border area.
Xinhua has reported that some houses collapsed and power went off in neighboring towns. More than 20,000 houses are believed to be damaged while more than 100,000 people have been evacuated in Yunnan, adds Xinhua.
Southwestern China is often hit by earthquakes. In May 2008, a magnitude 7.9 quake in Sichuan killed at least 69,000 people.