The epicentre was monitored at the depth of about 10 kilometres in the area bordering the counties of Shangri-La, Deqen of Yunnan Province and Derong County of Sichuan
Province, a state run news agency reported.    

The quake was felt strongly in the county seat of Deqen, Liao Wencai, vice secretary of the Deqen County Committee of the Communist Party of China said. Benzilan Township is believed to be the epicenter, according to local residents.
"We are heading to Benzilan. The telecommunication there has been cut off, and many residents cannot be reached by mobile phone," Liao said. The quake and aftershocks triggered landslides, which blocked the traffic from Deqen to Benzilan.
More than 52,000 people were affected when a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit the same area on August 28.
Some 126 aftershocks have been recorded, the largest measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, according to a statement from the disaster relief headquarters of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.


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