BEIJING (Reuters) - Three earthquakes jolted China’s southwestern provinces on Friday, injuring 19 people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands more, state media said, citing local authorities.
An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck at 4:20 a.m. (3:20 p.m. ET Thursday) about 10 km (6.2 miles) from Ruili, a town on the China-Myanmar border, Xinhua said, citing the province’s earthquake monitor.
The quake destroyed the city government’s old office building and prompted the evacuation of about 30,000 people, Xinhua said, citing the local Communist Party chief.
Authorities were distributing supplies, Xinhua said.
Another tremor measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted Yiliang county near provincial capital Kunming at 2:19 a.m., damaging more than 100 houses, affecting some 1,200 people in eight villages. No casualties were reported, Xinhua said.
A third quake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale struck neighboring Guizhou province at about 8 p.m., Xinhua said. No casualties were reported.
“We have phone called all the 26 townships and received no report of casualties or house collapses. Traffic and telecommunications are running as normal,” Sha Xiangui, the local Communist Party chief of Luodian country, where the earthquake occurred, was quoted as saying.
China is still struggling to build housing and infrastructure for millions of people made homeless by the May 12 Sichuan earthquake which killed 80,000 people.
Reporting by Ian Ransom and Jacqueline Wong; Editing by Jon Boyle