RSOE EDIS Event Report: Earthquake in China on Sunday, 03 August, 2014 at 10:44 (10:44 AM) UTC.
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Earthquake in China on Sunday, 03 August, 2014 at 10:44 (10:44 AM) UTC.
|A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China’s Yunnan province Sunday (Aug 3), the US Geological Survey said. According to state media, communications have been badly affected and authorities have been trying to establish if there were any casualties. The quake struck 11 kilometres west-northwest of the town of Wenping at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres. State television said the epicentre of the quake was in Yunnan province’s Ludian county. People’s Daily reported that police and rescuers are on their way to the scene. According to Chuncheng Wanbao, tremors were felt in Yunnan province’s Kunming and Qujing, and Sichuan province’s Chengdu, Leshan and Chongqing.|
Additional Information: Strong Earthquake Kills 175 in Southwest China
At least 175 are dead after a strong earthquake struck southwestern China on Sunday. The weather threatens to interfere with rescue and recovery efforts.
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake occurred in China’s Yunnan Province at 4:30 p.m. local time Sunday (4:30 a.m. EDT), according to the United States Geological Survey.
More precisely, the epicenter was registered seven miles west-northwest of Wenping, China, or 454 miles north-northwest of Ha Noi, Vietnam.
The China Earthquake Networks Center lists the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.5.
China’s official Xinhua News Agency reports that at least 175 people have been killed. The deaths occurred in Ludian County, Qiaojia County of Zhaotong and nearby Huize County of Qujing City.
A total of 181 people are also missing, while more than 1,400 people have sustained injuries.
The earthquake reportedly toppled more than 12,000 homes and damaged 30,000 others.
An aftershock with a magnitude of 4.5 has since followed.
Daily showers and thunderstorms with localized downpours will continue to hamper rescue and recovery efforts through the new week.