5.8 magnitude quake hits southwest China

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 9:13am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 9:15am

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck a remote area of southwest China on Saturday at a shallow depth of about 10 kilometres (six miles), the US Geological Survey said.

The quake, which struck at 8:04 am, was centred on Benzilan, in the Sichuan-Yunnan border region, the USGS said.

State media said rescue teams were heading to the mountainous area.

Twin quakes killed at least 95 people in Gansu province in July.

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in Sichuan province killed about 200 people earlier this year, five years after almost 90,000 people were killed by a huge tremor in the same province.