|This photo taken by cellphone on Aug. 3, 2014 shows people searching after an earthquake in Ludian County of Zhaotong City in southwest China's Yunnan Province. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Ludian County at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). (Xinhua)
KUNMING, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- At least 33 were killed and dozens more injured after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted southwest China's Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon.
The strong quake hit at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time) with a depth of 12 km and the epicenter in Longtoushan township, 23 km southwest of the county seat of Ludian, Zhaotong City.
"I felt a strong jolt on my fifth-floor home and some small objects in my home fell off the shelves," said a resident in the county seat of Ludian.
Most people rushed out of buildings to the streets. Electricity was cut, telecommunications services were affected and it was hard to reach people in Ludian by mobile phone, the resident said.
Another resident said it felt like "sailing a boat" when he was driving a car in the tremor.
Ma Liya, a resident in the county seat, told Xinhua via telephone that the streets were like "battlefield after bombardment". She added that the house of her neighbor, a new two-story building, was toppled.
"It's so terrible. The aftermath is much much worse than what happened after the quake two years ago. I have never felt so strong tremors before. What I can see are all ruins," she said.
However, Ma is worrying more about the family of her cousin, who live in the epicenter Longtoushan, as her calls to the families got unanswered.
"I just hope they are safe and sound. They didn't answer the calls," she said.
The quake toppled and cracked many buildings, particularly old ones and residential homes.
"Too many buildings were damaged and we are collecting data on deaths and injuries," said Chen Guoyong, head of the Longtoushan township, adding an rescue operation is under way.
The road leading to the township was damaged in a landslide before the quake and the traffic is to be resumed.
Police and paramilitary officers are assembling and rushing to the quake-hit areas.
The civil affairs authorities are sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the quake region.
Ludian has a population of 265,900 in its seven townships.
Zhaotong, about 300 km from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, is on the earthquake belt and has been occasionally jolted by quakes.
In September 2012, a 5.7-magnitude caused more than 80 deaths and injured more than 800 people.
In 1974, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in the same place caused over 1,400 deaths.
6.5-magnitude quake hits southwest China's Yunnan: CENC
KUNMING, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Ludian County of Zhaotong City in southwest China's Yunnan Province at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).
The epicenter was monitored at 27.1 degrees north latitude and 103.3 degrees east longitude with a depth of 12 kilometers, according to the CENC. Full story