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2003 Yunnan earthquake – Wikipedia

An earthquake struck Yunnan Province in China on July 21, 2003. Sixteen people were killed and hundreds were injured.[1]

Tectonic setting[edit]

Yunnan lies at the southeastern boundary of the Tibetan Plateau where strike-slip faults accommodate crustal rotation resulting from deformation caused by the ongoing collision between the Indian Plate and the Eurasian Plate which formed the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. The presence of active faults make the region prone to moderate to large earthquakes. Major events in Yunnan Province have occurred in 1833, 1974, 1976, 1988 and 2014.[2]


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