China Earthquake 2011 [UPDATE]: Death Toll Rises To 27

China Earthquake 2011 [UPDATE]: Death Toll Rises To 27China Earthquake 2011: The 5.8-magnitude earthquake at 11.28 a.m. local time (0458 GMT) was centered in the Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture in China’s Yunnan Province, close to the border with Burma. It struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).  The death toll from an earthquake that hit Yingjiang County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Thursday noon has risen to 25, local authorities said. The local authorities said that the death toll from an earthquake that hit Yingjiang County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Thursday noon has risen to 27.

Many houses collapsed in the quake, and the tremor also triggered a power outage but the telecommunication service remained normal in the county. Several minutes after the initial earthquake, CENC said two aftershocks with magnitudes of 4.5 and 4.7 rattled the area. It was not immediately clear if there was any damage or casualties.

According to Xinhua, three aftershocks, measuring up to 4.7 degrees on the Richter scale, jolted the county within 10 minutes. Provincial officials sent a team of experts to assist in emergency relief and more than 400 soldiers have joined the rescue operation. The National Committee of Disaster Reduction, Ministry of Civil Affairs and Yunnan’s provincial government have dispatched 9,700 tents, 15,000 quilts, 15,000 clothes and other materials to the quake-hit region.