Thursday, March 10, 2011

China Earthquake Administration sends experts to quake-hit SW province

China Earthquake Administration sends experts to quake-hit SW province

2011-03-10 16:44:54

BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- China Earthquake Administration has sent experts to the quake-hit region in Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province to offer expertise and direct relevant work, the administration said Thursday.

The administration said in a statement on its website that it initiated a grade III emergency response after the quake and dispatched a team of experts to the quake zone, headed by an official with the administration's emergency relief bureau.

The provincial earthquake bureau in Yunnan also sent two teams to the quake-hit region to collect information about the quake and conduct on-site monitoring, it said.

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale jolted Yingjiang County at 12:58 a.m. Beijing Time Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10 kilometers, was monitored at 24.7 degrees north latitude and 97.9 degrees east longitude, the center said.

The quake caused heavy damage in Yingjiang as the epicenter is only about three kilometers away from the county. Adjacent counties including Longchuan, Lianghe, and Tengchong also felt the tremblor, according to the administration.

As of 3:20 p.m., the quake had left at least 14 people dead and 135 others injured.

Earthquake victims