An earthquake registering 5.9 magnitude struck southwestern China Saturday morning, killing at least four people, according to Xinhua News Agency.
There were also 10 injuries, reported officials, and emergency teams have begun to respond.
State-owned media quoted Yunnan provincial officials as saying 600 residential units collapsed, and an additional 55,000 were damaged. An estimated 9,200 people have been forced to relocate.
With a depth of 10 kilometers, the quake struck remote areas near the border of the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Boulders rolling down mountains blocked roads in some villages, and three tourist buses with 17 passengers were trapped by landslides, said Xinhua.
The USGS reported the epicenter was near Benzilan Township. Yunnan province’s Civil Affairs Ministry was sending tents and clothing, said state media.
Liao Wencai, vice secretary of the Deqen County Committee of the Communist Party of China, said “We are heading to Benzilan.” The telecommunication has been cut off in Benzilan and numerous residents cannot be reached by mobile phone. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the same region on Wednesday. Image/Google Images