China hit by back-to-back earthquakes, a strong 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Qinghai

After an earthquake in China’s Yunnan province killed two people, the U.S. Geological Survey noted that a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 also occurred in northwestern China’s Qinghai province early Saturday. In addition, multiple earthquakes in Yangbi County, Yunnan Province, the strongest 6.4 magnitude, resulting in two deaths and nine injuries.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake in Qinghai province occurred at 2:04 a.m. local time Saturday at a depth of 10 kilometers, with the epicenter located about 400 kilometers southwest of Xining City, AFP reported.

The quake was initially estimated at 7.4 magnitude, but was later revised downward to 7.3 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

According to Hong Kong media reports, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred in Mado County, Golog Prefecture, Qinghai, after 2 a.m. at a depth of 17 kilometers, with no casualties or damage reported yet.

Chinese media quoted staff from the propaganda department of the Mado County Party Committee as saying that the quake was felt strongly in the area and that residents ran out of their buildings after the quake.

The report also said that the earthquake was also strongly felt in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province. Some people said they felt shaking from side to side while lying in bed, and the local fire department was on standby.

In 2010, a powerful earthquake of 6.9 magnitude hit Qinghai, killing or missing 3,000 people.

It followed several earthquakes in Yangbi County, Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province on Friday night, the strongest one reaching 6.4 magnitude, killing at least two people and injuring nine others.

Chinese media reported that as of about 10:30 p.m. Friday, a total of 14 earthquakes had struck Yangbi County, many of them of magnitude 5 or higher, including a 6.4 magnitude quake at 9:48 p.m. with a depth of 8 kilometers, which was strongly felt in Dali, Baoshan and Chuxiong, as well as in Kunming and Panzhihua, where it was also felt significantly.