China Earthquake Update: Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude was felt in Gansu and Qinghai provinces of northwest China. According to the report, more than 100 people are reported to have died due to the earthquake.
China Earthquake Update: Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude was felt in Gansu and Qinghai provinces of northwest China. According to the report of China’s government news agency, the death toll due to the earthquake has crossed 111.
According to the report, more than 200 people have been injured in Gansu and Qinghai provinces due to the strong earthquake. According to Xinhua, nine people were also killed and 124 injured in Haidong city of neighboring province of Qinghai. China’s official news media Global Times reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued important instructions regarding the earthquake. As per the President’s direction, proper rehabilitation of the affected people and safe rescue of people, including large-scale search and rescue operations, is of utmost importance.
Damage caused by strong earthquake
Xinhua news agency reported that many houses have collapsed due to the strong earthquake. Apart from this, many houses have suffered a lot of damage. Immediately after feeling the tremors of the earthquake, people came out of their homes in fear and started running on the streets. After the strong earthquake that struck China’s Gansu and Qinghai provinces on Monday, rescue operations continued till the early hours of Tuesday (December 19).
The earthquake’s magnitude was measured at 5.9 by the US Geological Survey and 6.2 by Xinhua. Located in Gansu province near the border with Qinghai province, reports informed that electricity and water supply has been disrupted in some local villages due to the earthquake. Apart from this, fallen roofs and other debris can be seen in the videos posted on social media.
Epicenter of the earthquake at a depth of 10 kilometers
According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred at 11:59 pm local time on Monday at a depth of 10 kilometers, initially registering a tremor of 6.2 magnitude. Authorities launched an emergency response immediately after the earthquake and sent rescue workers to the quake-hit area, Xinhua reported. According to the USGS report, the earthquake was felt about 100 kilometers southwest of Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. After this there were many small shocks.
Earthquakes are not uncommon in China. Earlier in August, a mild earthquake of 5.4 magnitude was felt in East China. In which 23 people were injured and dozens of buildings collapsed.