A 7.3-magnitude earthquake jolted northeast China’s Qinghai Province today, according to the United States Institute of Geophysics, hours after the first earthquake that killed at least two people in the southwest of the country.
The center of the Qinghai earthquake, which was recorded at 02:14 local time on Saturday (17:04 today in Lisbon), occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers, 400 kilometers southwest of Xining, according to the United States Institute of Geophysics. USGS).
In the first evaluation, a volume of 7.4 was measured, but was later revised to 7.3 by the USGS.
This Chinese province is located on the Tibetan plateau.
In 2010, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Qinghai killed or lost at least 3,000 people.
To this day, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted southwest Yunnan Province today, with at least two people killed and 17 injured, according to the USGS.
The same source added that the earthquake occurred at 21:48 from local residents (14:48 in Lisbon), and its epicenter was near the city of Daly, a popular tourist destination, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The China Seismological Center said the quake occurred after a “series of small earthquakes” that occurred less than an hour ago.
Yunnan is highly prone to earthquakes, due to the collision of tectonic plates from India and Eurasia, which make up the vast Himalayan mountain range.
In 2020, an earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale in the same province killed four people and injured 23 others, according to the Chinese Center.
In October 2014, hundreds of people were injured and more than 100,000 people were evacuated after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in the same region, near the Chinese border with Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Laos.
China is regularly affected by earthquakes, especially in the west and southwest.
The worst Chinese earthquake in recent years, with a magnitude of 7.9, struck the mountainous western part of Sichuan Province, north of Yunnan, in 2008, killing nearly 90,000 people.
In 2003, another 6.8 magnitude earthquake killed 268 people in Xinjiang, and also caused massive material damage.