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Moderate 5.0 Quake Jolts Southwest China

An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, struck southwestern China early Monday near the region devastated by a powerful temblor in 2008, said the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake, with its epicenter in China's Xizang-Nepal border region and at a depth of 8.5 miles (13.5 kilometers), hit the border region between the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou at 5:49 a.m. local time (21:49 GMT Sunday), the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of either injuries to people or damage to property.

In May 2008, a massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake with its epicenter in Wenchuan in southwest China's Sichuan province, left more than 87,000 persons either dead or missing and over 374,640 others injured. Millions of houses were flattened.

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