KUNMING (Bernama): A total of 24 people have been injured in two 5.0-magnitude earthquakes that jolted southwest China's Yunnan Province in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday separately, Xinhua reported.
The epicentre of the latest quake, with a depth of 6km, was monitored in Sijie Township, Tonghai County, at 3.50am Tuesday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre.
The previous earthquake hit the township at 1.44am on Monday.
By Tuesday noon, nearly 70,000 residents had been affected by the two earthquakes, according to the provincial civil affairs department. More than 33,000 residents have been evacuated to safe places.
The quakes also caused damage to over 8,000 houses in the areas.
“We have been at an emergency shelter since Monday as we fear for more quakes. In the morning, the new quake was so strong that we were all woken up,” said Zhu Feng, a resident living in a government-run emergency shelter in Tonghai County.
The provincial earthquake administration launched an emergency response on Monday. Investigation teams have been established and sent to the affected areas.
The provincial civil affairs department has sent tents, folding beds, bedding, and food for affected residents. – Bernama