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Fatalities reported after magnitude 5.2 quake strikes China

Tuesday, May 19th 2020, 2:46 pm - The quake struck in one of the most earthquake-prone regions of China late Monday night.

An earthquake has struck in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, with some fatalities and injuries reported.

The country's Earthquake Networks Center reported the quake was a magnitude 5.2, striking at 9:48 p.m. local time on Monday night around 43 km from the city of Zhaotong.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake was a magnitude 4.5 quake, a discrepancy the Associated Press says is not uncommon.

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Regardless of measurement, it struck at a relatively shallow depth, meaning that although it is not the most powerful quake to strike the region by any means, its shaking would still have been felt widely.

The AP reports at least four people were killed, and 23 were injured, with several homes damaged.

This region of China has experienced several severe earthquakes in the past. A 2008 quake in Sichuan province, north of Yunnan, killed around 90,000 people.

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