Rescuers enroute to quake hit Yunnan Province
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Yunnan Province before 1 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers yesterday that toppled homes and damaged a hotel and supermarket. Witnesses also saw people buried under debris from the damaged buildings.
China Central Television reported that the quake have killed at least 24 people and left 207 injured. Residents including students were mostly home since the were having their customary midday rest. Reports also said that two students were among the fatality list and several buildings are off limits since their concrete foundations had cracked and buckled and might fall or crumple down. A hundred police, firefighters and soldiers are gathered to help rescue the people that are trapped in collapsed buildings. Excavators were also used in digging up any survivors in the buildings.
Rescuers were doing their best to dig out a man and a girl trapped inside a four story building that had collapsed. They said that the two people were in the building’s stairways when it collapsed. The army are also sending around 400 troops to help in the rescue efforts since a lot of houses have toppled. The earthquake also triggered a power outage in the village with a population of 300,000 people.
The region have been experiencing more that a thousand minor earthquakes in the past two months before the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit.