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1 dead, 324 wounded in southwest China earthquake

Updated: Oct 8,2014 9:04 AM     Xinhua

Rescue team members set up tents after they arrive at Mangla village in Jinggu county in the city of Pu’er, southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct 8, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu County of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

KUNMING - One person died and 324 others were injured after a 6.6-magnitude quake jolted southwest China’s Yunnan province on the night of Oct 7, according to local government.

The casualties were reported mainly from Jinggu County, where the epicenter was monitored.

A total of 92,700 people in Jinggu were affected, and 56,880 of them have been relocated, said an official with the county’s publicity department.

Rescue team members unload the relief supplies after they arrive at Mangla village in Jinggu county in the city of Pu’er, southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct. 8, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu County of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

The quake at 9:49 pm (Beijing Time), with a focal depth of five kilometers, jolted the county with a population of 290,000.

Tremor was felt across the province, which is prone to earthquake disasters.

Yunnan has initiated the Class-I emergency response, the highest, sending rescue staff and materials to the affected areas.

On Aug 3, a 6.5-magnitude quake hit Ludian, Yunnan, killing more than 600 people.

Rescue team members set up tents after they arrive at Mangla village in Jinggu county in the city of Pu’er, southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct 8, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu county of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescue team members set up tents after they arrive at Mangla village in Jinggu county in the city of Pu’er, southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct 8, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu county of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescue team members set up tents after they arrive at Mangla village in Jinggu County in the city of Pu’er, southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct 8, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu County of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescue team members get prepared before setting out for the Jinggu county of Pu’er city for rescue work in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct. 7, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu county of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescue team members get prepared before setting out for the Jinggu county of Pu’er city for rescue work in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct 7, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu county of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescue team members get prepared before setting out for the Jinggu county of Pu’er city for rescue work in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct 7, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu county of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

A spokesman (R) gives information of the Jinggu county earthquake during the press conference held at the Seismological Bureau of Yunnan province in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct 8, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu county of Pu’er City in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).[Photo/Xinhua]

Journalists interview an expert during the press conference held at the Seismological Bureau of Yunnan province in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Oct 8, 2014. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu county of Pu’er city in Yunnan at 9:49 pm Beijing Time (1349 GMT), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). [Photo/Xinhua]

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