» 09/07/2012 09:31 CHINA Series of earthquakes in south-west: seven dead, dozens injured and 20 thousand homes destroyed The shocks struck border area between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. The main earthquake at 11 am registers magnitude 5.7. The toll is still provisional in the areas reached by the first responders. The earthquake also felt in Sichuan, the scene of a devastating earthquake in May 2008.
/ Agencies) - At least seven dead, a dozen wounded and more than 20 thousand
houses collapsed or with serious structural damage. This is the provisional toll from a series of
earthquakes that has struck south-west China. Government
sources report that the shocks have affected the provinces of Yunnan and
Guizhou, the main quake struck the border area between the counties of Yiliang
(Yunnan) and Weining (Guizhou) at 11 am local time. The
China Earthquake Networks Center (Cenc) reports that the telluric movement developed
at a depth of 14 km underground and registered a magnitude of 5.7.
damage and casualties were reported by the Department of Civil Affairs of
Yunnan Province. Currently
there is no indicative estimates of the disaster in Guizhou, where the
authorities have been slow to report the situation.
main quake was also felt in the neighboring province of Sichuan, which was hit
by a devastating earthquake in May 2008 that caused tens of thousands of
deaths, and was followed by several aftershocks.
to experts so far there have been at least four major shocks in the area, the biggest
a magnitude of 5.7, followed by another three earthquakes 5.6, 3.2 and 4.4 respectively
(the last in the series at 1:15 PM) on the Richter scale. The
Civil Protection Department of China has sent teams to the affected areas to
bring relief to the population and check for damage.
first reports coming from the affected areas speak of people terrified in Shaotong,
fleeing from buildings that had begun to sway from the earthquake. In
a message posted on the Chinese social network, a resident of the city named
Luo Shaojiang reported that he felt a strong feeling of "dizziness",
while objects around him moved visibly. Even
in neighboring Sichuan people clearly felt the main quake.