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Rescuers carry an injuried child on a stretcher after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the area in Ludian county in Zhaotong, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 3, 2014.
At least 150 people were killed and scores more injured after an earthquake measuring from 6.1 to 6.5, according to different estimates, hit Chinese Yunnan province, Xinhua reports.
The US Geological Survey has estimated the quake at 6.1 on the Richter scale, while previously reporting the strikes measuring 6.3. At the same time, the China Earthquake Networks Center said the magnitude of the quake was 6.5.
The quake struck 11 kilometers west-northwest of the town of Wenping at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to USGS. Chinese state television said the epicenter of the quake was in Yunnan province's Ludian county.
"I felt a strong jolt on my fifth-floor home and some small objects in my home fell off the shelves,"
a resident in the county seat of Ludian told Xinhua.
The quake toppled and cracked apart buildings, forcing people to rush into the streets, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. The administration of the affected Yunnan province sent a 30-member team to the quake's epicenter.
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