24 injured in Yunnan quakes
2018-08-14 14:41:00

An injured person is transferred to safety area in Tonghai County, Southwest China's Yunnan province, Aug 13, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

KUNMING - A total of 24 people have been injured in two 5.0-magnitude earthquakes that jolted southwest China's Yunnan Province in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday seperately, local authorities said.

The epicenter of the latest quake, with a depth of 6 km, was monitored in Sijie Township, Tonghai County, at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. The previous earthquake hit the township at 1:44 a.m. on Monday.

As of 11:30 a.m., nearly 70,000 residents were affected by the two earthquakes, according to the provincial civil affairs department. More than 33,000 residents have been evacuated to safe places. The quakes also caused damages to over 8,000 houses in the areas.

Source: Xinhua Editor: Hiram