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Earthquake Hits Southwest China

July 22, 2003

BEIJING (AP) _ A strong earthquake hit southwestern China and collapsed several buildings, but there were no immediate reports of injury, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

The magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck at 11:16 p.m. Monday in Yunnan province. It was centered in the town of Tanhua and could be felt in the provincial capital of Kunming, the report said. There were no other immediate details.

Yunnan is about 700 miles west of Hong Kong.

A quake of magnitude 6 is capable of causing severe damage.

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