China's chemical industry not affected by quake in Yunnan

11 March 2011 08:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--Chemical plants were not affected by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that jolted Yingjiang county in China’s Yunnan province on 10 March, industry sources said on Friday.

The tremor struck near Yunnan’s border with Myanmar at 12:58 Beijing time (04:58 GMT) on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and injuring 250 others, official reports said.

The earthquake toppled the homes of more than 3,500 families and seriously damaged about 9,800 others, the Yunnan provincial civil affairs department said in a statement on Friday.

More than 400 soldiers were working with local residents to search for survivors, Xinhua reported.

Yingjiang county, which sits on an earthquake-prone belt, has suffered about 1,200 minor tremors in the past two months, local officials said.

However, industry sources said the earthquake did not affect the local chemical sector as very few chemical plants are located in the remote region.

“Our polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production and transport were not affected as [Yingjiang] county is too far away from us [Kunming]. It is near the border of Myanmar,” a PVC producer located at Yunnan’s capital of Kunming said.

With additional reporting by Besty Zhou

By: Judith Wang
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