Moderate earthquake in Yunnan/Sichuan, China injures 20 people and damages 1424 houses
Last update: August 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm by By
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Update 15:37 UTC : Most recent information as brought by China Daily about this earthquake :
At least 19 people were injured after an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted Yongshan County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province at 6:07 am on Sunday, local authorities said.
The epicenter was in Wuji Township, 21 kilometers from the county seat. The source of the quake was 7 km deep.
20 injured in SW China earthquake
The quake was strongly felt in the neighboring counties of Suijiang, Daguan and Zhenxiong as well as the Zhaoyang District of Zhaotong City, which administers Yongshan, according to the provincial seismological bureau.
Nineteen people in Yongshan were injured and 1,424 houses were damaged as of 2 p.m., with 42 houses collapsed and 568 badly damaged. Cracks have been spotted in adobe houses and more than 10 cattle lots collapsed at Jinping Village, according to the county government.
Among the injured, ten have been sent to county hospitals for treatment and another nine are receiving medical care at township clinics.
About 50 km of roads, 41 km of tunnels and 21 km of power transmission lines were damaged in five townships. More than 1,000 local officials, policemen and militia personnel are working in the affected regions in rescue efforts and disaster investigations.
About 200 firefighters from various cities have arrived in Yongshan for rescue.
Civil affairs authorities have sent 200 tents, 2,000 quilts and 2,000 coats to the county.
Twenty-two aftershocks had been reported as of 8 a.m. on Sunday. Communication in the county is unimpeded, according to the seismological bureau.
Yunnan governor Li Jiheng led a work team to Yongshan from Ludian, also a county in Zhaotong City, where a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 3 killed more than 600 people and destroyed 80,000 homes.
The Yongshan earthquake is not an aftershock of the Ludian earthquake as the epicenters of the two quakes are 113 km away from each other, said Zhang Junwei, an official with the provincial seismological bureau.
Update 09:48 TC : The Chinese authorities published new data about this earthquake (only mainshock so far) : 16 collapsed houses, 196 severely damaged houses and 481 slightly damaged houses
Update 09:25 UTC : M4.0 and M4.2 aftershocks will normally trigger more minor damage (based on our China experience)
Update August 17 09:18 UTC : We had to change the title as the Chinese authorities said that we had to talk about a new earthquake and not an aftershock. The epicenter of this earthquake is 110 km north of the deadly Ludian quake.
So far the authorities reported 19 people injured, 11 houses collapsed, 37 houses severely damaged and 189 damaged to various extend.
Some minor damage was also reported from Sichuan
Update 22:19 UTC : We found out that this was a Yunnan aftershock of M4.8 at a depth of 5 km. Additional damage will certainly be inflicted in the epicenter area, but the damage will be hopefully not serious (what we expect)
Leibo County (from the epicenter approximately 19.7 kilometers)
Yongshan County (from the epicenter approximately 19.9 kilometers)
Meigu (from the epicenter approximately 44.6 kilometers)
King County (from the epicenter approximately 51.0 kilometers)
Zhaojue County (from the epicenter approximately 65.4 kilometers)
Suijiang County (from the epicenter approximately 71.5 kilometers)
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.1
Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-08-17 06:08:02
GMT/UTC Time : 2014-08-16 22:08:02
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km