6.1 magnitude earthquake kills 3 in China

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck China's southwestern Sichuan province Saturday, killing three people, state media said. The earthquake hit 31 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Panzhihua city in the southwestern corner of Sichuan at 4:30 p.m., the official Xinhua News Agency said. The China News Service said three people died, citing the local county government. Residents of Kunming, the capital of neighboring Yunnan province, felt a strong shock from the earthquake, with many running into the streets despite falling rain, it said. Telecommunications were temporarily cut but then restored, it said.