Beijing: At least 24 people were killed, 150 others injured and over 20,000 houses damaged Friday in a 5.7-magnitude earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks in southwest China's Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.
The quake hit the border area of Yiliang county in Yunnan and Weining county of the neighbouring Guizhou province at 11:19am local time, the officials media reported.
The depth of its epicentre was about 14km at 27.5 degrees north latitude and 104.0 degrees east longitude.
The quake left 24 people dead and 150 others injured, the state media said. All the victims were from Yiliang county.
More than 20,000 houses were either damaged or collapsed in the quake, according to the Yunnan provincial civil affairs department.
The epicentre was about 15 kilometres from the county seat of Yiliang.
As of 1 pm local time, the area had been struck by 16 aftershocks, with the strongest one measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale, the provincial seismological bureau said.
The province has sent work teams to the quake-hit area and the civil affairs department is transporting thousands of tents, quilts and coats to the affected region.
So far, no casualties have been reported from Guizhou province, but the quake had also damaged or even toppled homes in Weining county, said Chen Bo, head of the county government.