China Quake Kills at Least 25; Japanese Quake Shakes Beijing (Updated)

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Yunnan, on the border of Myanmar, has killed 25 people so far and rescue teams are continuing to search for survivors. From CNN:

The 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit near the border with Myanmar, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It collapsed houses in the remote Yingjiang county in Yunnan province, according to a county official who would provide only his surname, Ke — a common practice among officials.

State media said the quake hit the area shortly before 1 p.m. local time, cutting power and toppling buildings including hotels and schools.

The epicenter was 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away from the center of Yingjiang county, which has a population of more than 270,000 and is home to several of China’s ethnic minorities.

China Central Television showed damaged buildings with debris and red lanterns lying around as police officers directed traffic on a chaotic street.

See also reports from Xinhua and AP. Earthquake-Report.com has been providing frequent updates on the situation, and compiling videos of news reports.

Beijing has also been shaken by an major earthquake in Japan, emanating from the same location as another quake earlier this week. The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Real Time is live blogging the situation.

March 10, 2011 10:54 PM
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