There is a massive search and rescue operation currently underway in China’s Yunnan province, where the US Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck at 4:30 PM Sunday evening. Chinese officials report the quake was a magnitude-6.5. Associated Press reported 398 dead and 1,800 injured. About 12,000 homes were destroyed and 2,500 Chinese troops have been ordered to the area to aid in relief efforts. The Yunnan province is located in south-west China, bordering the Tibetan Plateau; however, the quake’s force hit the north-east region of the province near Zhaotong.
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According to AP: “CCTV said the quake was the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years. In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people, and a magnitude-7.1 quake in the province killed more than 1,400 in 1974. In September 2012, 81 people died and 821 were injured in a series of quakes in the Yunnan region. In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan province left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing.”
Drone footage of quake’s aftermath: