The earthquake toll is getting worsen and 5 aftershocks have been reported.
Around 200 persons dead according to latest information.
6.5 magnitude earthquake jolted southwest China
Monitoring Desk: 6.5 magnitude earthquake in China caused death of 200 persons while over 100 are critical injured, reports Xinhua News Agency:
#BREAKING: A 6.5-magnitude quake has left 26 killed and dozens injured in SW China
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 3, 2014
China Earthquake Networks Center said the magnitude of the quake was 6.5.The quake struck 11 kilometers west-northwest of the town of Wenping at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to USGS. Chinese state television said the epicenter of the quake was in Yunnan province’s Ludian county.
The quake toppled and cracked apart buildings, forcing people to rush into the streets. The administration of the affected Yunnan province sent a 30-member team to the quake’s epicenter.
While US Geological Survey has estimated the quake at 6.1 on the Richter scale with 10 km in depth with location as:
27.245°N 103.427°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
- 11km (7mi) WNW of Wenping, China
- 29km (18mi) WSW of Zhaotong, China
- 91km (57mi) WNW of Weining, China
- 135km (84mi) ESE of Xichang, China
- 731km (454mi) NNW of Ha Noi, Vietnam
Chinese official television channel CCTV said the quake was the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years. It reported that the quake loosened rocks that blocked a road near the city of Zhaotong and broadcast an image of a car apparently damaged by debris from the temblor.
The National Seismological Centre of Nepal also recorded shocks in northern part of Kathmandu.
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