Earthquake kills 3 in China

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An earthquake hit a mountainous area in south-western China on Saturday morning, killing at least three people injuring several more, according to state media and the China Earthquake Administration.

The quake, which measures 5.9 on the Richter scale by the administration and 5.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey, shook several counties in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, including the scenic Shangri-La county. A Chinese report said the epicentre was in a village in Shangri-La, but the USGS put it in Benzilan, a small town in a neighbouring county

The China Earthquake Administration said two people were killed in Benzilan, where homes for 22 families collapsed, and that a driver died on a highway in Shangri-La, where falling rocks hit a tour bus and stranded three more buses. It said a total of 17 tourists were trapped.

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