Very dangerous earthquake in Western Yunnan (China) close to Myanmar border – at least 45 injured!

Last update: May 31, 2014 at 10:09 pm by By

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Update May 31 : The number of injured has further risen to 45

Update 14:22 UTC : New numbers : 694 collapsed houses (from 678),  11503 damaged houses (from 1000) and 3871 severe damaged houses (from 3800)

Update 13:18 UTC : The number of injured has further increased to 43

Update 10:44 UTC : First damage statistics confirm what we expected: At least 678 houses collapsed, 11000 were damaged, 3800 seriously. More than 35000 people were displaced. The injury toll remains at 34.

Update 08:41 UTC : Below an overview of the damaging earthquakes we have found in Yunnan since the beginning of this year.

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Update 08:17 UTC : A total of 1816 relief and rescue workers and police are helping with the necessary tasks. 450 reservists are standby to be send to the disaster area.

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Image courtesy and copyright http://news.yninfo.com/

Update 08:10 UTC : New reports indicate that at least 34 people were injured. Several injuries are in serious conditions.

Update 06:15UTC : There is still no count of the damaged buildings, however indications are that the power network, schools, buildings and roads have been seriously damaged.
The injury toll remains at 29 with 5 seriously injured.

Update : Relief supplies have already been sent to the earthquake epicenter area. The number of injured has increased to 29. 5 of those are seriously injured!

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Update : below a screenshot of both earthquakes. Today’s earthquake happened a little to the north east of last week one. Let’s hope people will not have been in their already damaged houses again.

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Update : A similar earthquake like this happened in the same area on May 24 (less than a week ago). At least 15 people were injured by this earthquake. Also

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Update : USGS reports a max. potential shaking of MMII (very strong shaking). Based on our experience, Yunnan gets dangerous at Magnitudes of 4.5 or more!

A very strong and very dangerous with M 6.1 and a very shallow depth of 12 km earthquake hit Yunnan this morning. The same area was hit by a strong M 5.6 quake last week.
Current reports say that the new quake destroyed several houses and roads near the epicenter. At least 22 people were injured.

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27km (17mi) N of Pingyuan, China
65km (40mi) SE of Myitkyina, Burma
101km (63mi) NE of Bhamo, Burma

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-05-30 09:20:17

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-30 01:20:17

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Myanmar-china Border Region May 30 15:53 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Pingyuan, China May 30 15:53 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Myanmar-china Border Region May 30 15:53 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Myanmar-china Border Region May 30 01:20 5.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Myiktyina - About 0750hrs moderate to strong shaking, that last 20 seconds. Is teh second one in less than 1 week!!
  • USGS Myanmar-china Border Region May 30 01:20 5.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Myanmar-china Border Region May 30 01:20 5.9 10 MAP I Felt It


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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
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    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
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    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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