Hundreds were injured and killed after a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck northwest China a minute before midnight on Monday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
The epicenter of the quake was in China's mountainous Gansu province, where at least 100 people were killed, while neighboring Qinghai province reported at least 11 deaths. The strong tremor damaged many homes and infrastructure, disrupting transportation, communications, water and electricity lines, according to local media.
The authorities sent dozens of ambulances and hundreds of rescuers to help the victims and deal with the effects of the earthquake. As of 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the number of people treated for various infections had risen to 300, according to the Global Times.
Videos of the quake-stricken area captured by rescue workers arriving in northwest China's Gansu province, where a 6.2-magnitude earthquake has claimed at least 111 lives in Gansu and Qinghai provinces as of Tuesday morning. Courtesy: Blue Sky Rescue Team pic.twitter.com/uKVYNmKJ8O
– Global Times (@globaltimesnews) December 19, 2023
#China Activates GansuPresident's Level 3 Earthquake Emergency Response #XiJinping He urged comprehensive search and rescue efforts and appropriate arrangements for affected people to ensure the safety of people's lives and property after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Jishan. pic.twitter.com/YByLvzB0DE
– Bridge News (@BridgingNews_) December 19, 2023
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has called for “Comprehensive search and rescue efforts” To reduce human losses and ensure the safety of people's lives and property, according to Xinhua.
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