Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on Sept. 9 sent a message of condolences to his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jie Chi, over a serious earthquake that caused heavy losses in human life and property in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.

According to the Chinese national news agency, Xinhua, two quakes measuring 5.7 and 5.6 on the Richter scale hit a border area near Yiliang county in Yunnan and Weining county in Guizhou province at 11:19 a.m. and 12:16 p.m. on Sept. 7, respectively, followed by multiple aftershocks.

Preliminary statistics collected as of 10 a.m. on Sept. 8 indicated that the quakes have left 80 people dead and 820 others injured, and forced the relocation of 201,000 people in Yunnan province.-VNA