150 dead, dozens injured in Southwest China quake

PTI Beijing | Updated on November 25, 2017 Published on August 03, 2014

At least 150 people were killed and dozens injured when a powerful 6.5—magnitude earthquake struck southwest China’s Yunnan province today.

State—run Xinhua news agency reported 150 people were killed and dozens injured while pictures on state television showed severe damage to various buildings and infrastructure in Zhaotong city.

The epicentre was monitored at a 12—km depth, the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC) said.

“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.

Most people rushed out of buildings to the streets.

Electricity was cut, telecommunications services were affected and it was hard to reach people in Ludian by mobile phone, the resident said.

Another resident said it felt like “sailing a boat” when he was driving a car in the tremor.

The quake toppled and cracked many buildings, particularly old ones and residential homes.

Police and paramilitary officers are assembling and rushing to the quake—hit areas.

Civil affairs authorities sent 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the quake—hit region.

The Yunnan provincial earthquake administration has sent a 30—member working team to the epicentre and will soon hold a meeting to evaluate the situation.

Ludian has a population of 265,900 in its seven townships.

Zhaotong is about 300 kms from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan.

In September 2012, a 5.7—magnitude quake caused more than 80 deaths and injured more than 800 people.

Earlier today, a 5.0—magnitude earthquake jolted Xigatze Prefecture in Tibet close to Indian and Nepal borders.

Xigatze is located close to the Arunachal Pradesh border.

Published on August 03, 2014
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