China expects heavy casualties as earth quake hits Yunnan


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China said it’s expecting “great casualties and heavy losses” from a strong earthquake that shook Yunnan province in the nation’s southwest, with the toll now given as 1 dead and 38 injured.

View of the debris of tiles fallen from the rooftops of houses on a road after the 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Jinggu Dai and Yi Autonomous county, southwest China's Yunnan province, on 7 Oct. 2014.
The 6.6-magnitude quake at 9:49 p.m. local time yesterday 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) below the surface in Jinggu county, China Earthquake Administration said in a statement. The epicenter is about 460 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital, Kunming, where the quake was felt.
Premier Li Keqiang ordered “whole-hearted” rescue efforts and steps to reduce casualties “by all means,” according to the State Council’s Website.
The earthquake authority said it enacted its level-II national emergency plan. Yunnan Governor Li Jiheng and rescue teams are flying to the quake zone, China Central Television reported. The official Xinhua News Agency reported the casualty toll at 3:13 a.m. local time today.
The provincial government will send 10,000 tents, 10,000 quilts, and 10,000 winter coats to the quake area, CCTV said.
The quake damaged 35 telecommunications base stations in the city of Pu’er, CCTV reported.
Western China has been struck by several deadly earthquakes in recent years. A 6.6-magnitude quake shook Sichuan province on April 20, 2013, killing at least 196 people. In April 2010, a 6.9-magnitude quake in Qinghai province killed about 2,700 people. In 2008, a 7.9-magnitude quake in Sichuan left more than 87,000 people dead or missing.

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