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Moderate Earthquake Jolts Guizhou

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At least seven people were confirmed dead after a moderate earthquake jolted the juncture area of three counties in southwest China's Guizhou Province Sunday, earthquake authorities said Monday.

The quake, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale struck at 5:37 PM Sunday, according to China Earthquake Administration.

At least one person was missing and nine others injured, including two seriously, said the Anshun City Emergency Management Office. All the injured are receiving treatment at hospital.

With a depth of about 7 km, the epicenter was detected at 25.6 degrees north latitude and 105.8 degrees east longitude in a juncture area between Guanling Buyi and Miao Autonomous County, Zhenning Buyi and Miao Autonomous County and Zhenfeng county, according to China Earthquake Administration.

The quake triggered landslides at two sites, causing casualties, according to the administration.

(Xinhua News Agency January 18, 2010)