2009 Yunnan earthquake

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2009 Yunnan earthquake

Date 9 July 2009 (2009-07-09)
Magnitude 5.7 Mw
Depth 10 kilometres (6.2 mi)
Epicenter 25°37′08″N 101°05′10″E / 25.619°N 101.086°E / 25.619; 101.086
Countries or regions  China
Casualties 1 killed,[1] 336 injured.[2]

The 2009 Yunnan earthquake occurred with a moment magnitude of 5.7 in Yunnan province, People's Republic of China on 9 July.[3] At least one person died and over 300 were injured, with over 50 of these sustaining serious injuries.[1][2]

Background and tectonics[edit]

At 11:19:27 UTC (19:19:27 local time), a magnitude 5.7 earthquake with an epicentre at 25°37′08″N 101°05′10″E / 25.619°N 101.086°E / 25.619; 101.086 occurred.[3] The epicentre was in Guantun, 200 kilometres (120 mi) from the province's capital Kunming and 98 kilometres (61 mi) east north east of Dali. The depth of the event was 10 kilometres (6.2 mi).[4] Eight aftershocks were recorded.[5] A magnitude 5.0 aftershock occurred on July 10 at 09:02:04 UTC (17:02:04 local time). Its epicentre was located at 25°37′37″N 100°56′56″E / 25.627°N 100.949°E / 25.627; 100.949.[6] In total, there were over 8 aftershocks.[2]

Damage and casualties[edit]

The earthquake destroyed 10,000 houses and damaged a further 30,000. One person died[1] and over 300 people were injured, with over 50 suffering serious injuries.[2][5] Yunnan province's civil affairs department was dispatching 4,500 tents, and 3,000 quilts as part of the disaster relief efforts. Also, a coal mine collapsed in the epicentral area within 50 miles.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1 killed, 300+ injured in quake in China". China Daily. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "336 hurt as earthquake hits Yunnan". Xinhua. Shanghai Daily Publishing House. July 10, 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Magnitude 5.7 - YUNNAN, CHINA". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "'Hundreds hurt' in Yunnan quake". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "China quake destroys 10,000 homes". BBC News Online. 2009-07-10. Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Magnitude 5.0 - YUNNAN, CHINA". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 10 July 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Earthquake in Yunnan China leaves over 300 injured An earthquake rocked southwest China on Thursday evening, injuring at least 336 people and destroying 10,000 homes, state media said.". Telegraph. July 9, 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009.