Yunnan Province Earthquake

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At 08.30 UTC time (4.30 pm local time) on Sunday 4th August a Mg 6.1 earthquake has struck the Yunnan province in China. The strike-slip quake struck the Eurasia plate at the shallow depth of just 10 km.

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Latest estimates show at least 589 people have been killed and 2000 injured. The high death toll is mainly due to the poor quality of housing which simply collapsed when the S-wave struck with over 80,000 building partially of fully crumbling. Most casualties occurred in the city of Zhaotong although the epicenter was recorded in Longtoushan Township, 23 km to the southwest of the city.

Strong earthquakes are extremely common in the region with 27 over a magnitude 6 occurring in the past century. These are predominately caused by convergence of the Indian and Eurasian plates which gave rise to the Himalayan mountain range to the west.

 

For UGSG information on this event; http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000rzmg#summary

photo; http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/earthquake-strikes-chinas-yunnan-province-august-3-2014/ accessed 07/08/14

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