Friday, July 10, 2009

6.0 magnitude quake hits Yunnan, China

An earthquake measuring up to 6.0 on the Richter scale has struck central Yunnan province in China destroying more than 10,000 homes. The quake hit some 150 km north-east of the Yunnan capital Kunming, close to the popular destination of Dali.
The tremor occurred at 19:19 local time [11:19 GMT] Thursday injuring more than 300 people. Xinhua News Agency reported the quake as having a 6.0-magnitude, while the U.S. Geological Survey gave a figure of 5.7.
Thirty people are said to have suffered severe injuries, and another 305 were slightly injured.
Tents, medicine and food are being distributed by relief authorities.
Thursday's earthquake comes more than a year after a massive quake struck Sichuan province in China. The 8.0 magnitude quake on 12th May 2008 killed more than 68,000 people and left nearly 18,000 more missing as well as displacing 15 million others.
tvnewswatch, Beijing, China

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