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3 injured in SW China quake


13:10, April 17, 2013

KUNMING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Three people have been slightly injured after a 5.0-magnitude earthquake jolted the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Wednesday morning, local authorities said.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 9:45 a.m., was located in the border area between Eryuan and Yangbi counties, with a depth of 11 km.

Aside from the three injured people, cracks have appeared in some houses, said the Yunnan Provincial Civil Affairs Department.

A 60-member rescue team is on its way to the affected area, said the department. The Yunnan provincial disaster relief and civil affairs authorities have also dispatched a work team to the area.

"We really felt the shaking, which lasted a long time. Residents rushed out of their houses for shelter," said Xu Yuhua, a villager in Liantie Town, Eryuan.

Leading officials in Dali have also rushed to the affected area to guide rescue and relief work.

In March, a 5.5-magnitude earthquake injured 30 people in Eryuan.

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