On this day: On August 3, 2014, 617 people died in an earthquake in Ludian County of Yunnan province of China.
Picture depicting the aftermath of the earthquake (File Photo)
Due to the geographical location of China, frequent earthquake tremors are felt here. Most of the earthquakes occur in the southern part of the country. One such earthquake occurred on this day in 2014. This earthquake occurred in Ludian County of Yunnan Province and its magnitude was 6.1 on the Richter Scale. In this incident 617 people were killed, while at least 2400 people were injured. In addition, hundreds of people went missing. The havoc of the earthquake was so great that more than 12 thousand houses were grounded within seconds and 30 thousand houses were badly damaged.
The US Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was the city of Zhaotong. On August 3, 2014, at 4:03 pm local time, there was a tremendous earthquake in Ludian. The US Geological Survey said the depth of the quake was 10 km. The Yunnan province of China, where this earthquake occurred, is already considered a very sensitive area for earthquakes. Its intensity can be gauged from the fact that tremors were also felt in Guizhou and Sichuan provinces. An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale is considered extremely dangerous.
Earthquake tremors felt in nearby cities
The earthquake caused a great deal of damage in the areas around its epicenter. In Zhaotong city, there was a power outage and damage to important buildings. Chinese officials said at least 391 people were killed and more than 1,801 were injured in the quake. According to the South China Morning Post news, tremors were also felt in nearby cities including Yunnan’s capital Kunming, Sichuan’s neighboring provinces of Chongqing, Leshan and Chengdu. Roads were blocked in many places in Ludian County due to the collapse of buildings. It was told about Ludian that 12 thousand houses had collapsed here.
The Chinese government sent a 30-member team to the epicenter of the earthquake immediately after the earthquake. Also sent 2,000 tents, 3,000 beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to provide shelter to the displaced and homeless. Most of the injured were shifted to safer places. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang sent a joint working group to investigate and assist the local people in the rescue. After the relief and rescue work was over, it was told that due to this earthquake, there has been a lot of damage to life and property. It was told that 600 people have died.
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