Earthquakes Shake South-West China's Yunnan

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Two earthquakes have hit south-west China, leaving at least five people dead and damaging more than 20,000 houses, state-run media report.

Two buses make their way across a road full of fallen rocks after a series of earthquakes, one of them measuring magnitude 5.7, hit the area near Zhaotong municipality at the border of southwest China’s Yunnan and Guizhou province on September 7, 2012.

Two earthquakes have hit south-west China, leaving at least five people dead and damaging more than 20,000 houses, state-run media report.

A quake with a 5.7 magnitude was felt at the border of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces at 11:19 Beijing time (03:19 GMT), says Xinhua news agency, citing the China Earthquake Networks Centre.

More than 20,000 houses were damaged, it added, citing government sources.

State broadcaster CCTV put the death toll at six in Yunnan.

An official from Guizhou told the Agence-France News agency by phone that no deaths were reported in the province.

Users of the Twitter-like weibo reported people rushing out of shaking office buildings.