Deaths and injuries from very dangerous earthquake in Yingjiang, Yunnan, China

This earthquake has caused at this point 16 19 21 22 24 fatalities, 166 174 201 207 injured + a theoretical estimated economic loss of 200 million to 1 billion US

Rescue workers

Rescue workers in the M5.8 earthquake (

UPDATE 13:51 UTC : Due to the continuing reporting and the length of this article, we have decided to continue our reporting in a new article. Click here to be linked to part 2.

UPDATE 13:27 UTC : The weather in Yingjiang area will be sunny until Saturday. the temperatures will vary in between a low of 10 °C and a high of 29 °C

IMPORTANT UPDATE 13:15 UTC : We just received the following astonishing numbers :
127100 people affected
24 deaths (4 students)
207 injuries
320 houses (1264 rooms) collapsed
3986 houses (17658 rooms) severely damaged
5313 houses (15939 rooms) slightly damaged.

UPDATE 13:18 UTC : The area are hit by almost continuous aftershocks which are even more damaging infrastructure, buildings and residential houses.

UPDATE 13:08 UTC : Even after dark regular updates are published by Chinese authorities. 24 people have been confirmed dead after this cruel earthquake and 207 people have been injured. These numbers will certainly grow further the following hours and even days.

UPDATE 13:04 UTC : 2 standby rescue teams from Sichuan province have been rushed to Yunnan after they received the news of the earthquake. Sichuan province was the theater of one of the worst earthquakes in Chinese history.

UPDATE 13:00 UTC : A lot of people are staying overnight in open air shelters.

UPDATE 12:43 UTC : A new update on the Yunnan earthquake : 21 confirmed fatalities and at least 201 injured.

UPDATE 12:29 UTC : Earthquake-Report admires the Chinese disaster management teams for their highly skilled work.

UPDATE 12:28 UTC : China Eastern Airlines has been requested by the government to operate relief flights to the earthquake struck county.  Rescue operations are continuing to fight against time.

UPDATE 12:15 UTC : Specialized emergency teams from other parts of China have been called in to support local teams.

UPDATE 12:13 UTC : Some hotels and many residential houses have collapsed following the shaking.

UPDATE 12:11 UTC : Next to power, also communications were also interrupted in the greater quake area

UPDATE 11:57 UTC : New numbers have been released : 21 fatalities and 174 injured.

UPDATE 11:20 UTC : First video of this cruel earthquake.

UPDATE 10:34 UTC : Earthquake-Report (by means of James Daniell) has come out with an intermediate estimate on fatalities   and damage.
Thee theoretical models are resulting in 15 to 100 fatalities and an economic loss of 200 million to 1 billion US$ (1.3 to 6.5 billion CNY).

UPDATE 10:29 UTC : So far we have NO news from the Myanmar side of the border. We expect however minor damage in Myanmar villages as the epicenter is approx. 40 km from the border and has a totally different landscape.

UPDATE 10:16 UTC : Search and rescue (SAR) are continuing after dark. An unaccounted number of houses collapsed in this earthquake.

UPDATE 10:12 UTC : The Dehong county (cities of Dehong and Yingjiang) suffered power outages.

UPDATE 10:09 UTC - Unfortunately the number of casualties has increased to 19 from 16.

UPDATE 09:29 UTC - For those among you wanting to read the earlier damage in the same area, please find a number of links to our earlier articles.

CATDAT 2010 damaging earthquakes overview by James Daniell

Small M 4.4 earthquake causes major damage in China

Very dangerous earthquake below the China / Myanmar border area

China “ Magnitude 5.0 earthquake injures 14 people and damages 7,354 houses

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

UPDATE 09:40 UTC - Chinese Search and Rescue services are among the best trained in the world.

UPDATE 09:34 UTC - The updates are coming thick and fast as nightfall is about to descend upon the Yingjiang area. We will continue to update you with statistics as they come available. No news from the Myanmar side of the border has been found as yet.

16 dead and 166 injured, however unfortunately this is expected to rise. Our thoughts are with their families and friends at this difficult time.

UPDATE 09:26 UTC - Since January 2, 2011 a number of very damaging earthquakes occurred in the same area. What will come as a surprise to the international media is certainly not a surprise for earthquake-report.  As we were the only ones outside China to report on the earlier damaging quakes in Yunnan,  (mainly due to the expert knowledge and Chinese contacts of James Daniell), we feared from the very beginning that this earthquake would have a potential devastating character.

UPDATE 09:25 UTC - There have been 1146 earthquakes occurring in this area since the Yingjiang quakes 2 months ago.

UPDATE 09:15 UTC - Earthquake-Report expects a lot of damage due to this earthquake. Earlier earthquakes of magnitudes 4.4 and 4.9 created a lot of havoc in Yunnan, damaging thousands of houses.

UPDATE 08:56 UTC - There are at least 16 dead and 166 injured from this earthquake. It is being called a Ml 5.8 by the Yunnan Seismological Bureau with a depth of 10km. This is definitely the reason for the higher casualty counts than the previous Yingjiang quakes. (云南盈江县5.8级地震已致16人死亡166人受伤)

Students were at lunch when this earthquake occurred, however we can report that 2 students have been killed and 1 injured.

Zhudian Army has sent 500 people from the disaster area in Baoshan disaster relief. 300 relief workers are also on site.

7 people have been rescued so far.

At 8:03 UTC the value was 13 dead and 126 injured. There are no estimates of housing damage and economic loss as yet...
After 10 minutes, 3 times the local occurrence of a succession of aftershocks, the magnitude of 4.7, 4.5 and 3.6, respectively, occurred.

The same area was struck in early February from an earthquake of M4.8, severely damaging many homes.
Link to 2010 Yingjiang quakes.
Link to January Yingjiang quakes.
Link to February Yingjiang quakes.

Original article
Earthquake report is very concerned about the aftermath of this seemingly moderate and not dangerous earthquake. Based on earlier experiences and taking into account the location of the epicenter (in the Yingjiang valley at the Chinese side of the border) we fear that this earthquake has a very damaging potential.
Earthquakes and the resulting damaging process are not exact science. Depending on the type of the earthquake (Yunnan is a transform fault zone) and the geological layers, every earthquake will be felt differently. The existence of the Modified Mercalli scale was based on this experience.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.4 (Chinese are calling it M5.8)
UTC Time :  Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 04:58:17 UTC
Local time at epicenter :  Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:28:17 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km (Chinese are calling it 10km)
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Geo-location(s) :
10 km of Yingjiang, Yunnan, China
90 km SE Myitkyina (pop 90,894)
246 km (152 miles) WSW of Dali, Yunnan, China

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
3-dimensional view of the earthquake area (USGS epicenter location)
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Seismic hazard map

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