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Many killed as quake rocks China

An earthquake has struck China's far south west, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 150, an official said.

Witnesses reported that part of a supermarket collapsed in the magnitude 5.8 quake, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

At least 14 people were killed and 150 hurt, said an official with the Yunnan Disaster Relief Centre.

Another official on duty at the centre, Gao Shaotang, said many houses had been toppled.

The website of the government earthquake monitoring station said the tremor struck in Yunnan at a depth of six miles.

The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.4. Quakes of magnitude 5 or more are capable of causing damage.

The epicentre is in a mountainous area 1,500 miles south west of Beijing, close to the border with Burma.

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