At least three people died and another 27 were injured after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Friday in the southern region of Yunnan, according to the latest report offered today by local authorities. Among the wounded, three suffer serious injuries, according to the official Xinhua news agency based on the figures of the updated report as of 0600 local time (2200 GMT yesterday).
The earthquake occurred at 9:48 p.m. local time (1:48 p.m. GMT) and its epicenter was located about 37 kilometers from the town of Dali, near the border with Burma, and at a depth of about 8 kilometers.
After that, another four earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 5 on the Richter scale were recorded up to 11:00 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT) in Yangbi County, the most affected of the 12 in which the tremor was felt. Until 02:00 local time today (18:00 GMT yesterday), 166 aftershocks were registered in the area, to which emergency teams that are still working have been displaced.
The Yunnan region, like neighboring Sichuan, is prone to earthquakes due to the friction of the Asian and Indian tectonic plates, although in many cases these earthquakes have their epicenter in areas of low population density, such as the plateau. Tibetan or the deserts of Central Asia.
Another stronger earthquake in Qinghai
Just hours after the one in Yunnan, Chinese authorities reported another 7.4 magnitude earthquake in western Qinghai province, with no casualties reported so far .
The epicenter of this second earthquake was in Maduo County, some 17 kilometers deep.
The tremor, which occurred this morning at 02.04 local time (18.04 GMT yesterday), was felt “strongly” in the provincial capital, Xining, which is located almost 400 kilometers from the epicenter, according to the state press.
The authorities have not reported any deaths or injuries so far, although collapses have been registered in sections of highways and bridges , something that has not prevented “well-equipped” rescue teams from being deployed in the affected area.