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Strong, shallow earthquake shakes southwestern China

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, villagers check the damaged house at Mangla Village of Yongping Township at Jinggu County of Pu'er City, southwest China's Yunnan Province Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one people, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chen Haining) NO SALES

    In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, villagers check the damaged house at Mangla Village of Yongping Township at Jinggu County of Pu'er City, southwest China's Yunnan Province Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one people, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chen Haining) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, villagers take refuge in the open air at Mangla Village of Yongping Township at Jinggu County of Pu'er City, southwest China's Yunnan Province Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one people, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chen Haining) NO SALES

    In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, villagers take refuge in the open air at Mangla Village of Yongping Township at Jinggu County of Pu'er City, southwest China's Yunnan Province Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one people, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chen Haining) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

A strong, shallow earthquake has shaken southwestern China's Yunnan province.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake hit Tuesday evening and measured magnitude 5.8. It said it was centered 19 kilometers (12 miles) from Weiyuan city at a depth of 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles). The shallow depth was likely to cause more damage, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

The region is prone to earthquakes. A 6.1-magnitude quake in August killed at least 615 people and left more than 100 others missing. In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people.