State News Agency Nia Kina Sh It indicates that four earthquakes of greater magnitude 5.0 shook an area in Yunnan Province in southwest China – the strongest of which was 6.1 on the Richter scale, according to the US Geological Survey.
The epicenter was near the city of Al-Dhalea. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck a depth of one mile.
Several homes collapsed. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated, according to Agence France-Presse.
The road collapsed
Four people were buried in landslides when a road collapsed in Yunnan, according to the New China Book.
And the Chinese authorities advised the general public in the affected area not to stay near the buildings. According to Chinese media, rescue workers have been dispatched to the earthquake zone.
The GDACS International Disaster Monitoring System initially assessed that the earthquake may have severe consequences given its size and the number of people in the affected area. The warning was issued as a “red alert.”
A few hours after the earthquake struck Yunnan, an earthquake occurred in the southern part of Qinghai Province, just over 50 km southwest of Lanzhou City. There were no reports of injuries from there. The earthquake that struck Qinghai occurred at a depth of one mile, according to the US Geological Survey.
Yunnan is an earthquake hazard area. In October 2014, several hundred people died and more than 100,000 were forced from their homes when a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the province, near the border with Myanmar and Laos.
Even Qinghai, a sparsely populated province located on the Tibetan plateau, has bleak memories of earthquakes. In 2010, it was estimated that around 3,000 people died in a 6.9-magnitude earthquake, according to Agence France-Presse.
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