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.