|China : Earthquake : 2000/01/15|
|Outline||On 15 January 2000, an earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, hit Yao-an County, 200 kilometers (120 miles) from the Yunnan provincial capital of Kunming, at 6:06 a.m. (2206 GMT Friday). A more powerful temblor of 6.5 magnitude rocked the same area about 90 minutes later.
The death toll is 5、injured 1,544, and left more than 90,000 homeless.
The Chinese authorities clarified that the affected number of people in this earthquake was only around 200,000 people, unlike the figure of 2 million as quoted by many media reports earlier.
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|OCHA Situation Report No.1 2000/01/17|
|Government seismologists warned that powerful aftershocks up to 6.0 Richter scale would pose a serious threat to at least 500,000 of the affected populations in the four counties in Autonomous Prefecture. Four people have died since two aftershocks measuring 5.9 and 6.5 on Richter scale hit the region. Most of the affected are staying outdoor under zero or sub-zero temperatures.
According to Oxfam field staff there has been significant damage. In Yao'an County alone (the quake's epicentre), 149,100 people, or more than 81 per cent of the population was affected.
|In Yao'an County alone (the quake's epicentre), Some 82,379 rooms (not houses) were damaged, 22,739 rooms collapsed and more than 30 schools were damaged.|
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