May 22, 2021


A series of earthquakes struck south-west and north-west China, killing at least three people and injuring 33 others.

Earthquakes are common in both Yunnan province in southwest China and Qinghai province in the northwestern Tibetan plateau.

The 6.4-magnitude Yunnan quake struck initially at 9.48 p.m. on Friday (1348 GMT) in Dali, a major tourist destination, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC). At least two aftershocks occurred as a result of the earthquake.

According to the People’s Daily, at least three people died and 28 were wounded in the Yunnan earthquake. According to Chinese media, at least 192 houses fell and more than 20,000 people were forced to flee the mountain region.

At least two bridges fell and two sections of roadway were destroyed as a result of the quake, according to official media.


Maduo county was the epicenter. Five local people reported to have minor injuries, including one who suffered a slight concussion after falling out of bed; and another who fractured an ankle while finding refuge, according to Chinese media.

Videos of ceiling lamps falling and vases tumbling off shelves, as well as crowds of people running outside after hearing the tremor; released by local media.

In a Weibo tweet, the CENC advised people to “keep away from structures.” The earthquake occurred less than an hour after a series of minor tremors; according to the quake monitor.

Earthquakes strike China on a regular basis, particularly in the country’s hilly western and south-western areas. In 2008, a strong 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan Province in China’s southwest, killing or missing 87,000 people.

A massive 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Xinjiang in February 2003, killing 268 people and causing substantial damage. In 2010, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai, killing or missing 3,000 people. In October 2014, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Yunnan, near to China’s borders with Myanmar and Laos; injuring hundreds of people and displacing more than 100,000.

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