China quake displaces thousands, one dead, 300 injured

//China quake displaces thousands, one dead, 300 injured

China quake displaces thousands, one dead, 300 injured

By | 2014-10-08T06:06:20+00:00 October 8th, 2014|World|0 Comments

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It quoted local officials as saying more than 92,000 people in Jinggu were affected and that 56,880 of them had been relocated.

“Many houses collapsed and we are investigating the casualties,” a local official said.

Spot checks: In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, villagers check the damaged house at Mangla Village of Yongping.

Spot checks: In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, villagers check the damaged house at Mangla Village of Yongping. Photo: AP

“The aftershocks seem non-stopping.”

Provincial officials declared a top-level emergency, with 3200 troops dispatched in a “race to save more lives”, said Xinhua.

An additional 600 professional rescuers with sniffer dogs have been sent to the quake zone.

The epicentre was located 85 kilometres from Pu’er city, in a region famous for its tea plantations.

The quake was also felt in Yunnan’s provincial capital Kunming.

Xinhua gave a significantly higher reading of 6.6-magnitude, citing the China Earthquake Networks Centre.

The agency said buildings shook for several seconds, while some towns in the area had lost power supply and telecommunications.

“The whole building was shaking terribly with a loud cracking sound. Plates fell off in the kitchen. We all ran out and the streets are now packed with people,” Li Anqin, a woman living in Weiyuan town, the county seat of Jinggu, told Xinhua by telephone.

Thousands of homes were also damaged in the neighbouring city of Lincang, the news agency said.

Photos on social media showed damaged houses, cracked walls and fallen roof tiles, and crowds of people gathered outside into the night.

The epicentre of the quake was in a densely-populated but underdeveloped area home to various ethnic minorities, Xinhua said.

Yunnan is frequently hit by seismic activity from the collision of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which form the vast Himalaya mountain range.

AFP 


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