China’s quake death toll expected to rise

August 4, 2014

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Yunnan province in southwestern China over the weekend, killing hundreds of people. The death toll at last count was 398 people, but with thousands of buildings collapsed and recovery efforts continuing, it’s likely to rise.

In all, more than 55 million people were affected. Here’s a map of the enormous area where shaking was felt:


Earthquakes in this area of China are relatively common, as there are a number of fault lines running through it. A quake in Sichuan province, also in the southwest, killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

China quake 2


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The perceived shaking line is incorrect, probably because the Mercalli Intensity line is missing “V”. The strongest perceived shaking of this earthquake was “Very Strong” (VII) (which is why there was so much damage…)

Posted by IoannisA | Report as abusive

I hope that China will consult with Chilean engineers on how to build safer structures in a quake zone so that these needless deaths will be used to prevent future losses of life.

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