Large Earthquake Rattles China, Myanmar

By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
May 31, 2014; 4:04 AM
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Temperatures will be high for cleanup efforts following a magnitude-6.1 earthquake that struck on Friday near the China-Myanmar border.

The earthquake was reported around 9:20 a.m. Friday, local time, with the epicenter 27 km (17 miles) north of Pingyuan, China, the United States Geological Survey said.

According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette, highs will be near 100 each day this weekend, with lows in the middle 70s. Chances for scattered thunderstorms could cause delays in cleanup efforts.

(Map/USGS)

The USGS recorded the temblor as a magnitude-5.9 earthquake while the Chinese earthquake agency listed it as a 6.1 magnitude.

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As many as 30 people were injured in the quake. Five of the injured were listed in serious condition, according to the Xinhua News Agency, China's official news agency.

More than 1,000 Chinese soldiers were sent into the Yunnan Province, located in southwest China, to aid in rescue and recovery efforts, The Associated Press reported.

A magnitude-5.6 earthquake occurred last week in the same region, damaging buildings and injuring 13 people.

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