At least seven people were killed and more than 120 injured in an earthquake that struck a remote area of southwest China near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, a local official told AFP.
The epicentre of the 5.4-magnitude quake, which struck at 12:58 pm (0458 GMT), was located about 225 kilometres (140 miles) west-southwest of Dali in Yunnan province, the US Geological Survey reported.
The quake hit at a depth of 34 kilometres.
An official at the local earthquake relief headquarters in Yingjiang county told AFP by telephone that one hour after the quake, authorities had recorded seven deaths.
A total of 121 people suffered injuries, said the official, who asked not to be named.
“Many houses” collapsed in the tremor, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing local authorities. Witnesses told the state news agency that part of a supermarket had caved in.