Very damaging earthquake “ 8,017 homes on the Myanmar / China border


FINAL UPDATE 05/01 -13:38 UTC : 54,000 people have now been resettled. 8,017 damaged buildings (24,242 rooms) occurred.  148000 people affected. Total direct economic losses have totalled CNY 49.62 million or USD 7.5 million. This is equivalent to the scale of the Jianchuan 01-01, Shidian 01-06 or Yanjin 17-10 earthquakes in 2010 (can be read in CATDAT 2010 earthquakes summary).

Chinese news sources quoting the Yingjiang County Government say that 54,000 people have have now been properly resettled, and basic supplies have been given to them. Schools have been closed for 2 days, but will open on the 6th, returning to normal life.

From January 1 to 5, Yingjiang earthquake sequence occurred with more than 100 shocks: the 2 main shocks were 4.6 and 4.8,  the rest being below 4.0 following the earthquake.

Currently, provincial, state and county levels cumulatively have 1155 tents, 1930 quilts and 58.5 tons of rise and other basic disaster supplies. Yunnan Red Cross Society donated 500 quilts and 500 cotton and they are being shipped to Yingjiang the way, is expected to arrive tomorrow.

UPDATE 04/01 -11:07 UTC : This almost forgotten earthquake and aftershocks in YingJiang county (Southwest China's Yunnan province) has become a real tragedy in loss of peoples belongings.
The numbers being reported out of China are steadily increasing.

UPDATE 04/01 - 06:41 UTC : Yingjiang earthquakes have damaged 7,839 houses (23,645 rooms), of which 3 collapsed houses, 1,700 have been severely damaged houses and 6,136 slightly damaged houses. 148,000 people have been affected, of which 54,000 of 85,900 in the direct disaster area have been evacuated.

UPDATE 02/01 - 17:44 UTC : Yingjiang county was also hit by a devastating earthquake on August 21, 2008 UTC, killing 5 people and injuring 127. This was however a M 6.0 earthquake !

UPDATE 02/01 - 17:18 UTC : This earthquake was in fact a series of earthquakes (up to 5 quakes associated with it).
In total 37,200 households containing 97,400 people have been affected, 6531 homes have been damaged but no casualties associated with the earthquakes.
1 office has collapsed and 1,604 of the 10,400 damaged rooms (6531 homes) have been severely damaged.

UPDATE 01/01 - 13:26 UTC : Chinese news services are reporting an earthquake in China that occurred in the Yingjiang plains at 07:31:58 UTC, 15:31:58 Local on January 1st 2011.
The towns affected include the Dehong Yingjiang Plains with a preliminary focal depth of 10km.
There are reports of housing being cracked but more details will soon come to hand as Yunnan Seismological Bureau has sent a 4 man team to the Dehong. Specific property damage and casualties are unknown at this point.

Initial report just after the earthquake
The epicenter of this moderate but shallow earthquake was located in the Chinese part of the border near the village of Yingjiang.
105 km (65 miles) SE of Myitkyina, Myanmar and 89 km NE Banmo (pop 47,920)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.7 and 4.9
UTC Time : Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 07:32:03 UTC and Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 23:33:42 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 03:32:03 PM at epicenter & Sunday, January 02, 2011 at 06:03:42 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 21.4 km and 52.7 km satellite map + I Did Feel It form
Geo-location(s) :
Main shock :
105 km (65 miles) SE of Myitkyina, Myanmar
250 km (155 miles) WSW of Dali, Yunnan, China


Links to important maps (main shock)
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place

USGS historic earthquakes map

USGS Seismic hazard map

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