Sunday, August 03, 2014

M6.1 deadly quake rattles southwest China

Earthquake kills at least 175 and injures more than 1,400 others in Yunnan province.

An earthquake has struck southwestern China, killing at least 175 people in a remote mountainous area of Yunnan province, and causing some buildings, including a school, to collapse.

Some 1,400 people were injured and 181 missing, Xinhua and state broadcaster CCTV said, citing the authorities.
The official Xinhua news agency said that the epicentre of Sunday's quake was in Longtoushan town in Yunnan's Ludian county.
Communications have been seriously affected and rescuers are rushing to the scene, the report said.

Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown, reporting from Kunshan, China, said: "This quake has happened in a very very remote area of southwest China.

"The difficulty for rescuers is going to be the time it takes to reach this area."
Pictures posted online by state media showed troops stretchering people away, and bricks which had fallen off buildings damaging cars, Reuters news agency reported. 

'Not quake proof'
Many people rushed out of buildings onto the street after the quake hit, electricity supplies were cut and at least one school collapsed, Xinhua added.

"The problem is a lot of the structures in this area are simply not quake proof. This is a very impoversihed region and very remote", Brown reported.

The US Geological Survey said the quake registered at shallow depth of less than 1 mile (1.6 km). Chinese state media said was felt most strongly Yunnan, as well as in the neighbouring provinces of Guizhou and Sichuan.
The government is sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the disaster zone, the report said.
Ludian is home to some 265,900 people, Xinhua added. China is frequently struck by quakes in this part of the country. A quake in Sichuan in 2008 killed almost 70,000 people.
A quake in the same region in 2012 kiled 80 people.
Earlier in the day a less severe quake struck Tibet, causing no casualties.

  • M 6.1 - SICHUAN-YUNNAN-GUIZHOU RG, CHINA - 2014-08-03 08:30:14 UTC....local time: 16:30.....

MagnitudeMw 6.1
Date time2014-08-03 08:30:14.1 UTC
Location27.26 N ; 103.50 E
Depth10 km
Distances258 km N of Kunming, China / pop: 1,023,674 / local time: 16:30:14.1 2014-08-03
22 km W of Zhaotong, China / pop: 109,400 / local time: 16:30:14.1 2014-08-03

  • M6.1 - 11km WNW of Wenping, China

  • Event Time

  1. 2014-08-03 08:30:13 UTC
  2. 2014-08-03 16:30:13 UTC+08:00 at epicenter
  3. 2014-08-03 11:30:13 UTC+03:00 system time
  • Location

27.245°N 103.427°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities

  1. 11km (7mi) WNW of Wenping, China
  2. 29km (18mi) WSW of Zhaotong, China
  3. 91km (57mi) WNW of Weining, China
  4. 135km (84mi) ESE of Xichang, China
  5. 731km (454mi) NNW of Ha Noi, Vietnam


  1. Un séisme fait au moins 175 morts dans le sud-ouest de la Chine...

    Un fort séisme de magnitude 6,1 s’est produit dimanche dans des régions montagneuses du sud-ouest de la Chine, faisant au moins 175 morts 181 disparus et 1.400 blessés, selon les médias officiels, ainsi que d’importants dégâts matériels.

    Le tremblement de terre a eu lieu à 16h30 (10h30, heure belge) dans le nord-est de la province du Yunnan, avec un épicentre situé à une profondeur d’environ 10 km, selon l’institut américain de géophysique USGS.

    « Le séisme a fait s’effondrer et s’endommager de nombreux bâtiments, en particulier des immeubles résidentiels de construction ancienne », a indiqué l’agence Chine nouvelle, faisant état d’« au moins 150 morts ». Au moins 1.300 personnes ont été blessées des suites du séisme et plus de 180 sont portées disparues, a également indiqué l’agence.

    La zone la plus touchée a été le district de Ludian, où se trouvait l’épicentre, avec 122 morts, 180 disparus et 1.300 blessés, et il y a eu au moins 53 morts dans les districts voisins, a indiqué l’agence, citant des chiffres des autorités provinciales.
    Des habitations vulnérables

    Diffusées par CCTV, des vidéos tournées dans le district de Ludian montraient des habitants vivement inquiétés par les secousses, sortant précipitamment d’immeubles de quelques étages et se regroupant dans la rue.

    « Des murs de nombreux bâtiments se sont écroulés et des conduites d’eau se sont rompues. L’électricité s’est arrêtée », a commenté sur le réseau social Weibo un internaute disant habiter le district.

    L’USGS a noté que la population résidant dans la région « vit, dans l’ensemble, dans des bâtiments extrêmement vulnérables aux secousses sismiques »........

  2. A 6.5 magnitude earthquake in southwest China's Yunnan Province has killed 150 people and left 180 missing, according to Chinese media....

    Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Sunday that the tremor which occurred at a depth of 12 kilometers at 16:30 local time in Long Toushan township toppled more than 12,000 houses and left 30,000 damaged -- particularly old dwellings and residential homes.

    A volunteer rescuer told Xinhua that he had seen corpses buried among the ruins, and helped to carry more than 40 people from collapsed buildings.

    A local described driving a car during the tremor as like "sailing a boat" with the landscape moving around him, while a resident told Xinhua that the streets were like "battlefield after bombardment."

    Transportation, electricity and telecommunications have been cut off in the township, 23 kilometers southwest of the county seat of Ludian, Zhaotong City.

    Zhaotong has dispatched more than 300 police and firefighters to help along with 392 rescuers and 12 sniffer dogs.

    In 2012, 5.7 magnitude quakes in Zhaotong City killed 80 people whilst more than 800 were injured.

  3. At least 367 dead after quake hits southwest China...

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck southwestern China on Sunday, killing at least 367 people and leaving 1,881 injured in a remote area of Yunnan province, and causing thousands of buildings, including a school, to collapse.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered at a shallow depth of less than 1 mile (1.6 km). Chinese state media said it was felt most strongly in Yunnan as well as in the neighboring provinces of Guizhou and Sichuan.....................

  4. 6.5-magnitude quake rocks densely populated county ...

    At least 221 people have been killed and more than 180 others are missing after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Southwest China's Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon.

    The quake hit at 4:30 pm Sunday at a depth of 12 kilometers below the epicenter at Longtoushan township, 23 kilometers southwest of the county seat of Ludian, under the city of Zhaotong.

    The latest death toll and number of missing were released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, while more than 1,400 were injured.

    It said more than 12,000 houses were toppled and 30,000 damaged. Transportation, electricity and telecommunications have been cut off in Ludian.

    The quake has also led to at least 30 deaths in Qiaojia county of Zhaotong and nearby Huize county.

    Ma Hao, a college student who is volunteering for the rescue at Longtoushan, told Xinhua that he saw bodies buried in ruins and helped to carry more than 40 injured people out of the collapsed buildings.

    "Honestly, it's such a shame that we had no time to take care of the bodies. We need to help those alive first," he said.

    "I felt a strong jolt on my fifth-floor home and some small objects in my home fell off the shelves," said a resident in the county seat of Ludian.

    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 during the tremor.

    Ma Liya, a resident in the county seat, told Xinhua via telephone that the streets were like a "battlefield after bombardment." She added that her neighbor's house, a new two-story building, was toppled.

    "It's so terrible. The aftermath is much worse than what happened after the quake two years ago. I have never felt such strong tremors before. All I can see is ruins," she said.

    However, Ma is worrying more about her cousin's family, who live in the epicenter Longtoushan, as her calls to the family went unanswered.

    "I just hope they are safe and sound. They didn't answer the calls," she said.

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

    "Too many buildings were damaged and we are collecting data on deaths and injuries," said Chen Guoyong, head of Longtoushan township, adding an rescue operation is under way.

    The road leading to the township was damaged in a landslide before the quake and traffic has not resumed.

    Zhaotong city has dispatched more than 300 police and firefighters to the quake-hit areas. The province also sent 392 rescuers and 12 sniffer dogs.

    The civil affairs authorities are sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the quake region. Ludian has a population of 265,900 in its seven townships.

    Zhaotong, about 300 kilometers from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, is on the earthquake belt and has been occasionally jolted by quakes.

    In September 2012, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake in Zhaotong caused more than 80 deaths and injured more than 800 people. In 1974, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in the same place caused over 1,400 deaths.

    More rain is forecasted in the coming three days, according to the website of China Meteorological Administration.

    The Red Cross Society of China's Yunnan Branch has sent 500 quilts, 500 blankets and 100 tents to the area, and will launch a donation campaign to help the victims. The Red Cross Society of China has also allocated 2,000 quilts, 2,000 jackets and 200 tents, while Red Cross branches in Hong Kong, Macao, and Sichuan Province have also sent relief supplies.

  5. China has sent 2,500 soldiers to the southwest province of Yunnan after an earthquake killed hundreds of people....

    At least 381 people died and more than 1,800 were injured when the magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck on Sunday.

    Chinese troops with life-detection instruments and digging equipment are on their way to the region to help with rescue efforts.

    State broadcaster CCTV said the earthquake was the strongest to hit the mountainous province in 14 years.

    President Xi Jinping called for "all-out efforts" to find survivors as he dispatched soldiers to the area.

    They will join more than 300 police and firefighters from Zhaotong and about 400 emergency workers and sniffer dogs from across Yunnan province in the rescue operation.................

  6. Statement by NSC Deputy Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Earthquake in Southwestern China...

    The United States offers sincere condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the August 3 earthquake in southwestern China. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that lost their lives, those injured or displaced, and all the people of China on this difficult day. U.S. disaster response officials are in contact with their Chinese counterparts. The United States stands ready to assist.


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