A magnitude-5.1 earthquake which occurred in southwest China's
Yunnan Province on Saturday morning had killed
at least 18, local government said.
Sixteen fatalities in Yanjin county and at least two in
neighboring Daguan county were reported, said a source with
Zhaotong municipal government.
The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 09:10 AM Saturday,
was at 28 degrees north latitude and 104.2 degrees east longitude,
about 90 kilometers from Zhaotong city, which administers Yanjin
The quake has left more than 60 injured and also destroyed 56
houses, local officials said.
Houses in Yanjin, a county on the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau with a
population of 350,000, were mostly built near hillsides and
therefore are vulnerable to earthquakes, said experts with China
Several hundred workers have joined in the rescue operation.
The local civil affairs department has sent 500 tents, 1,000
quilts and 500 blankets to the quake-hit areas.
The quake damaged roads and disrupted train services,
electricity and telecommunications, according to Zhaotong municipal
The local government has restored roads and telecommunications
by 3:00 PM, but failed to resume electricity supply and train
services on the Neijiang-Kunming railway, which connects all the
four southwestern provinces and municipality of Yunnan, Guizhou,
Sichuan, and Chongqing.
(Xinhua News Agency July 22, 2006)