China Quake Kills At Least 14

The death toll from Thursday's earthquake in southwest China is at least 14, with more than 120 injured, the civil affairs ministry told CNN.

People try to rescue survivors from a damaged building in Yingjiang County, southwestern China's Yunnan Province, March 10, 2011. At least 14 people were killed and 135 others injured after a 5.8-magnitude quake jolted Yingjiang County Thursday, the county head told Xinhua

The death toll from Thursday's earthquake in southwest China is at least 14, with more than 120 injured, the civil affairs ministry told CNN.

The 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit near the Myanmar border, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Earlier, Chinese state television had put the number of wounded at 211.

The quake collapsed houses in the remote Yingjiang county in Yunnan province, the ministry of civil affairs said.

State media said the quake hit the area shortly before 1 p.m. local time, cutting down power and toppling buildings that included hotels and schools.

The epicenter was two kilometers away from the center of Yingjiang county, which has a population of more than 270,000 and is home to several of China's ethnic minorities.

China Central Television showed damaged buildings with debris and red lanterns lying around as police officers directed traffic on a chaotic street.

Aftershocks continued to jolt the area as firefighters and other rescuers helped the people trapped, Li Zhiren, the deputy county chief told CCTV.

Minor quakes under magnitude 5 began shaking the area this year, according to Xinhua news agency.

The local seismological bureau had recorded more than 1,200 such tremors before Thursday, Xinhua said.

Many jittery residents celebrated the lunar New Year holiday in tents last month.

CNN