August 3, 2014
At least 150 people were killed and scores more injured after an earthquake measuring from 6.1 to 6.5, according to different estimates, hit Chinese Yunnan province, Xinhua reports.
At least 120 of the dead were from Ludian county, which Chinese state television said was at the epicenter of the quake.
Another 1,300 people also from the county have been injured and 180 remain missing, Yunnan’s information bureau reported.
The province’s seismological bureau said that another 24 people died and more than 100 were injured in Qiaojia county.
The US Geological Survey has estimated the quake at 6.1 on the Richter scale, while previously reporting the strikes measuring 6.3. At the same time, the China Earthquake Networks Center said the magnitude of the quake was 6.5.
The quake struck 11 kilometers west-northwest of the town of Wenping at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to USGS. Chinese state television said the epicenter of the quake was in Yunnan province’s Ludian county.
“I felt a strong jolt on my fifth-floor home and some small objects in my home fell off the shelves,” a resident in the county seat of Ludian told Xinhua.
The quake toppled and cracked apart buildings, forcing people to rush into the streets, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. The administration of the affected Yunnan province sent a 30-member team to the quake’s epicenter.
The civil affairs authorities has sent 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the quake region.
Yunnan’s seismological bureau has said that the earthquake is the strongest that has hit the province in 18 years, independent website Earth-Quake Report said. Yunnan is one of the most earthquake-sensitive provinces in China.
Local media is reporting that a school was reduced to rubble, among other buildings that were destroyed by the earthquake.
Chinese state media said tremors were felt in Yunnan’s neighboring provinces of Guizhou and Sichuan.
This article was posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 9:33 am