Deadly 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northwestern China – Latest Updates, Injuries, and Rescue Efforts

2023-12-19 02:34:21
According to Xinhua, nine people were also killed and 124 injured in the city of Haidong, in neighboring Qinghai province (Xinhua).

At least 111 people were killed in a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in a mountainous region of northwest China, the country’s state media reported Tuesday.

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The official Xinhua news agency said 100 people died in Gansu province and another 11 in neighboring Qinghai province in the quake, which struck shortly before midnight on Monday.

More than 200 people were injured, according to Xinhua, 96 in Gansu and 124 in Qinghai. The earthquake occurred in Jishishan county, Gansu, about 5 kilometers from the provincial border with Qinghai.

The media showed images of rescue teams doing their work in collapsed buildings

The United States Geological Survey estimated the magnitude of the earthquake at 5.9.

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State broadcaster CCTV reported damage to water and electricity lines, as well as transportation and communications infrastructure.

The earthquake was felt in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province, about 1,450 kilometers southwest of the capital, Beijing.

Earthquakes are common in the mountainous area of ​​western China (REUTERS)

College students in Lanzhou rushed out of their dormitories, according to a social media post that featured images of young people standing outside.

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Tents, folding beds and quilts were being sent to the disaster area, CCTV said.

The earthquake occurred in Jishishan county, in Gansu, about 5 kilometers from the provincial border with Qinghai (REUTERS)

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping called for all possible search and rescue efforts to minimize the number of victims. According to the China Meteorological Administration, the nighttime minimum temperature in the area was -15 to 9 degrees Celsius (5 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit).

Earthquakes are common in the mountainous area of ​​western China that rises to form the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau.

The earthquake occurred in Jishishan county, Gansu, about 5 kilometers from the provincial border with Qinghai.

Last year in September, at least 74 people were killed in a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southwest China’s Sichuan province, triggering landslides and shaking buildings in the provincial capital of Chengdu, where 21 million residents were located. under the COVID-19 lockdown.

The deadliest earthquake in recent decades in China was a magnitude 7.9 in 2008, which killed nearly 90,000 people in Sichuan. The quake devastated cities, schools and rural communities on the outskirts of Chengdu, leading to a multi-year rebuilding effort with stronger materials.

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