April 5, 2014 – 21 Injured and Almost 3,000 Houses Damaged in China Earthquake: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake in rural southwest China has injured at least 21 people and damaged over 2,000 houses. The tremors in seismically unstable Yongshan County in Yunnan Province began at 6.40 am local time on Saturday. Authorities say the epicenter of the quake was 13 kms below the ground surface. “We felt the quake strongly, but it did not last long,” a local resident recounted to Xinhua news agency. Authorities say that 2,731 houses have been damaged and 75 have collapsed, mostly shacks made from stamped soil. 21,000 people have been evacuated to tent camps, but electricity and communications are continuing to function normally.
Note: This is an example of a lot of damage and destruction from a relatively small earthquake. Christchurch, New Zealand was the same way; because the quake was so shallow. The quake was 6.3 magnitude, however, it killed 185 and did extensive damage to the city. It is my thesis that an earthquake greater than 8.2 will occur close to a major city between April 14 and 29, 2014. Additionally, a major volcanic eruption will occur before May, 2014.
Larger casualties were avoided this time due to the low population density in the affected area, and the unusually deep epicenter, in a place where tremors usually originate less than 5 kms from the surface. According to Chinese media, some locals have linked the event to the Xiluodu hydropower plant – the second biggest in China – located less than 15 kms away. While huge amounts of water stored in rivers above the plants have been known to trigger seismic activity, the government has denied that the latest incident has any connection to the Xiluodu facility, which remains undamaged. (Credits – RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS) Hungary, Budapest).
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