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2 dead, 13 injured after quake hits southwest China

2 dead, 13 injured after quake hits southwest China

KUNMING: At least two people were killed and 13 injured after a 5-magnitude quake struck Qiaojia County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, according to local authorities.

Rescue forces from the local public security, fire fighting, emergency response sectors have rushed to the earthquake zone.

The quake struck at 9:47 p.m. Monday. The epicentre, with a depth of eight km, was monitored at 27.18 degrees north latitude and 103.16 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Apart from Qiaojia, the earthquake was felt strongly in Huize County of Qujing City, as well as the cities of Zhaotong and Xuanwei and Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

Meanwhile, during the 73rd World Health Assembly, Chinese President  Xi Jinping said that China supported the idea of an independent inquiry into the source of coronavirus—but only AFTER the pandemic was “brought under control”.

A resolution was pushed by the European Union and Australia for a review of the origin. China had previously opposed calls for such investigations.

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