Yanjin Earthquake of 2006

The 2006 Yanjin earthquake was a magnitude 5.2 earthquake in southwestern China.

It occurred on July 22, 2006, at 01:10 UTC (09:10 local time). Seismologists have placed the epicentre at 27.992°N 104.215°E, and its hypocenter at a depth of 10.0 km. This is 35 km WNW from Zhaotong city and 1740 km SW of Beijing, the capital city of China.

The earthquake toppled at least 1400 houses and sent large boulders tumbling down the hillsides onto residential areas in the mountainous southern regions of the Yunnan province. Chinese officials have been reported as saying that the tremor killed 16 and injured 60 people in Yanjin County, and killed a further three and injured 46 more in nearby Daguan County.

Railroad services in the region were halted by the quake, as the quake damaged the local railroad tracks, forcing officials to shut down service between Sichuan's Neijiang city and Yunnan's capital of Kunming.

Twenty-two people are confirmed dead in an earthquake that jolted southwest China's Yunnan Province on Saturday, the local government said Sunday.

The earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale also injured 106 people in the city of Zhaotong, eight of whom seriously, said Tian Rongping, a spokesman with the city government.

The local health authorities have sent at least 300 medical workers to the quake-hit areas to provide first-aid to the injured, said Chen Hua, head of the city's health bureau.

He said timely treatment has brought all the eight seriously injured people out of danger.

An earthquake in China’s southwestern Yunnan province toppled 10,000 homes and injured more than 300 people, prompting authorities to deploy hundreds of police to the worst-hit areas.

The magnitude-6 quake struck at 7:19 p.m. local time yesterday in Guantun Township, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the provincial city of Kunming, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Eight aftershocks rattled the region as relief officials distributed tents, medicines and food to people whose homes were destroyed, Xinhua said.

About 30,000 buildings were damaged across six counties in Chuxiong and 30 people were severely injured and being treated in the hospital, according to the report. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 5.7 and said the quake was 10 kilometers deep.