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New earthquake hits Yunnan's Yingjiang County

2008-08-21 13:27:13 GMT2008-08-21 21:27:13 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Injured people get treatment after an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted Yingjiang County, Dehong Dai-Jinpo Autonomous Prefecture, in southwest China's Yunnan Province, at 8:24 p.m. on Thursday. (Xinhua Photo)

A policeman helps a man injured during an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale in Yingjiang County, Dehong Dai-Jinpo Autonomous Prefecture, in southwest China's Yunnan Province, on Thursday. (Xinhua Photo)

Photo taken on Aug. 20 shows a classroom damaged by a tremor at Caozhai Village in Yingjiang County of Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province. (Xinhua Photo

Villagers repair the roof of a house damaged by the tremor at Pishi Village in Yingjiang County of Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 20, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted Yingjiang County, Dehong Dai-Jinpo Autonomous Prefecture, in southwest China's Yunnan Province, at 8:24 p.m. on Thursday.

The epicenter was about 10 km underground, 45 km away from the county town, and 500 km away from the provincial capital Kunming, according to a National Earthquake Network press release.

The affected area has a population density of 45 persons per square km and is at an average altitude of 2,000 meters.

It was the second earthquake to occur in Yingjiang in the last two days. A 5.0-magnitude quake jolted the county on Wednesday morning.

No casualties have been reported so far.

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