5.9-magnitude quake hits Pu’er in Yunnan, bordering Shan State, Myanmar

China Daily/ Asia News Network


BEIJING - A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Mojiang Hani autonomous county in Southwest China's Yunnan province at 10:31 am Saturday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The epicenter, with a depth of 11 km, was monitored at 23.28 degrees north latitude and 101.53 degrees east longitude, the center said in a statement.

Houses were shaking and some residents rushed out from their homes to open spaces, local government said.

Residents of high-rise buildings in Kunming, capital of Yunnan, some 270 km away from Mojiang, also felt obvious tremors.

Puér is located in southwestern/southwestern Yunnan, on the lower reaches of the Mekong. It also shares borders with Vietnam (Dien Bien Province), Laos (Phongsaly Province) and Myanmar (Shan State), being the only prefecture in Yunnan to border all three countries.