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Earthquake in southern China

Friday, 07 September 2012

Type of Event:
Location of Event:
China - Yiliang County, Yunnan Province and Weining County, Guizhou Province
Date of Charter Activation:
07 September 2012
Charter Requestor:
National Disaster Reduction Center of China
Project Management:
National Disaster Reduction Center of China / CNSA

Description of the event

A series of earthquakes struck south-west China at 11:19 (Beijing time) on 07 September 2012. The most powerful was recorded as magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale. At least 64 people have been killed, and hundreds were injured.

The earthquakes struck between the borders of Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces, in the Yiliang and Weining counties. As a result of the earthquakes in this mountainous area, landslides have also been experienced.

The most serious damage was in Yiliang county, where the majority of the fatalities occurred.

An estimated 100,000 people have been evacuated and approximately 20,000 houses were destroyed. The mountainous terrain in the region is making relief efforts to remote locations difficult.