Moderate earthquake in eastern Sichuan, China (near Yibin) leaves over 30000 rooms damaged, 1 person indirectly killed, 72 injured and 47 million USD damage

Update 15:03 UTC:
Chinese medias are reporting the sad news, that one 14 years old girl was killed, while her school had to be evacuated due to the earthquake. Furthermore, the number of injuries rises from 61 to 72.

- 61 people have been injured
- 14892 people have been relocated
- 27 rooms collapsed
- 3565 rooms severely damaged
- 25500 rooms slightly damaged
- 46592 people affected
- Economic losses have increased to 291.03 million CNY (around 47 million USD)

This earthquake is given with M 4.8 and a depth of only 4 kilometers by the Chinese seismological agency, followed by an M 4.2 quake with same depth 2 minutes later.
According to Chinese media sources, at least 47 people were injured by this quake, which had its epicenter in Eastern Sichuan, a distance of nearly 300 km to the epicenter of the large quake hitting Sichuan at Ya'an some days ago.

24 rooms collapsed.
21,561 more were damaged, 3110 of them severely.

1711 people were relocated.
Approx. 20000 people are affected by the quake.
Furthermore, 12 bridges, 6 reservoirs and 55.4 km channels were damaged.

The preliminary estimated damage is 243 million CNY (approx. 40 Million USD).


Nearby Cities
22km (14mi) SSE of Changning, China
26km (16mi) ESE of Xunchang, China
54km (34mi) SE of Yibin, China
108km (67mi) S of Zigong, China
819km (509mi) N of Ha Noi, Vietnam

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-04-25 06:10:33

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-04-24 22:10:33

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 15 km

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EMSC Eastern Sichuan, China Apr 24 22:10 5.2 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Sichuan, 180 km to the West - Was in bed and felt a slight tremor. Very weak - almost thought I imagined it, but now I see here that there really was an earthquake!
  • Yibin - It woke me from my slumber, felt like my bed was sliding about. When I'd been woken up by the Lushan earthquake on the 20th I had thought I was perhaps dreaming. This time, with safety in mind, I got out of bed. The students living in the dormitories adjacent to my apartment block all ran out of the building, many half dressed, some panicked and screaming. Although the shaking of my bed felt fairly strong I was surprised that there was not much rattling of crockery.
  • GEOFON Sichuan, China Apr 24 22:10 5.1 10 MAP
    USGS Eastern Sichuan, China Apr 24 22:10 5.3 12 MAP



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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    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.
    Structures :
    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) ?
    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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