China quakes affect more than 95,000 people

December 27th, 2008 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Kunming (China), Dec 27 (Xinhua) More than 95,000 people have been affected by two earthquakes that struck Yunnan province of southwest China Friday, the provincial civil affairs administration said Saturday. A 4.3-magnitude quake hit Yiliang county in Kunming, the provincial capital, at about 2.19 a.m. Friday. More than 1,700 people were affected and nearly 1,300 homes were damaged.

Another tremor measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck Ruili city on the China-Myanmar border at 4.20 a.m. Friday. About 94,000 residents were affected. The quake flattened 37 homes and caused damage to some 25,000 others.

Local governments allocated 200,000 yuan (nearly $30,000) for quake relief operation.

The Guizhou province was also hit by a 4.0-magnitude quake at about 8 p.m. Friday, but no casualty was reported. Authorities were assessing the extent of damage.

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