Earthquake kills three in China
on 31/08/2013 10:04:15
The quake, which measures 5.9 on the Richter scale by the administration and 5.8 by the US Geological Survey, shook several counties in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, including the scenic Shangri-La county. A Chinese report said the epicentre was in a village in Shangri-La, but the USGS put it in Benzilan, a small town in a neighbouring county
The China Earthquake Administration said two people were killed in Benzilan, where homes for 22 families collapsed, and that a driver died on a main road in Shangri-La, where falling rocks hit a tour bus and stranded three more buses. It said a total of 17 tourists were trapped.
The party-run People's Daily also reported three fatalities and said six others were seriously injured.
The administration said another major quake hit Shangri-La three days ago, and the US Geological Survey recorded three major aftershocks today.
China's mountainous areas in its southwest are prone to earthquakes. In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing. In April this year, another quake in Sichuan killed 193 people.