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Reports say earthquake kills 4 in China

BEIJING (AP) - State media and local officials say an earthquake hit a mountainous area in southwestern China Saturday morning, killing at least four people and injuring others.

Officials say thousands of people have had to relocate after many buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Chinese officials say the quake had a magnitude of 5.9 while the U.S. Geological Survey measured 5.8,. The temblor shook several counties in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, including the scenic Shangri-La county.

China's mountainous areas in its southwest are prone to earthquakes. In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing.


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