A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Thursday afternoon, killing alt least 14 people and injuring about 135 residents, media reported.

The quake hit the county at 12:58 p.m. (local time) Beijing Time, in which many houses collapsed burying people under debris, county officials told Xinhua news agency.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the epicenter was located in Shiming village, about 2 kilometers away from the county seat. With a depth of 10 kilometers, it was recorded at 24.7 degrees north latitude and 97.9 degrees east longitude. The epicenter was 95 km southeast of Myitkyina in Maynmar, US Geological Survey said.

The southwestern Yunnan province witnessed an earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale on February 2, with more than 700 homes damaged and 65,000 people forced out of their homes.

In 2008, more than 68,000 people were killed in Sichuan province when the Great Sichuan Earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude devastated the region.