An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale struck southwestern China on September 7 and killed at least 80 people and rendered 700 people injured. The damage was at its heaviest at the rural Yiliang County, in the hill-prone northeastern part of Yunnan province, close to the border of Guizhou province.
The China 2012 Earthquake rekindles memories of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province which is neighbor to Yunnan, which killed more than 80,000 people dead. Many schools had collapsed and students died then, which raised a question mark over building standards. .
In this earthquake affecting Yunnan, it is reported that one elementary school has crumbled down and it is not clear if students are casualties. Both Guizhou and Yunnan are among the poorest regions of China and are populated by ethnic minorities like Yi and Hui communities.
The civil department has issued a statement saying that the series of earthquakes which rocked the place on Friday destroyed 6,650 homes while 430,000 homes were damaged. 100,000 people have relocated while and equal numbers are still in the process of shifting. Guizhou has also been affected, with 10,000 houses damaged and 18 houses crumbled. There have been 16 aftershocks which reached, following the first which reached a magnitude of 5.7 when it struck on 11.19 am Friday.
China 2012 Earthquake Pictures