|
|
|
|
|
10th Shabanul Mujam 1436 | Friday, May 29, 2015
World

22 killed, 300 injured in 6.6-magnitude quake in China

Monday, 22 July 2013
Comments(0)
Beijing, July 22:

At least 22 people were killed and 300 others injured today after a 6.6-magnitude strong earthquake ripped through China's northwestern Gansu Province, local authorities said.

The quake shook the area at 7:45 a.m. (local time) at the junction of the Minxian County and Zhangxian County, the Gansu Provincial Seismological Bureau said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 20 km, was 170 km away from the provincial capital Lanzhou, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted officials as saying.

A 5.6-magnitude quake jolted the same area later at 9:12 a.m, the agency said.

The victims include 19 in Minxian County, two in Zhangxian County in the city of Dingxi and Lixian County in the city of Longnan, according to the officials.

Communication was cut off in 13 towns of Zhangxian County. Officials of with the Minxian County government said most of the townships in the county have been affected by the quake.

The townships of Meichuan and Puma were seriously hit.

Many homes in the quake-hit region collapsed, according to the civil affairs bureau of the Dingxi City.

The locals in Minxian County said strong tremor was felt in the area and they saw trees and homes were shaking. They also said that the quake lasted for about one minute.

Soldiers, police and more than 300 local militiamen have been dispatched to the quake-hit region to help with rescue efforts. The provincial civil affairs department has sent 500 tents and 2,000 quilts to the quake-hit region.

Lanzhou Railway Bureau has started the emergency response to guarantee the safety of railway bridges and communication equipment in the province.

Light to moderate rain and partly heavy rain were forecast in Dingxi city, according to the provincial meteorological station, which would affect the rescue efforts.

Meanwhile, the earthquake was also felt in Tianshui city and the provincial capital city of Lanzhou besides in the cities of Xi'an, Baoji and Xianyang in neighboring Shaanxi Province.

Latest News

Question on beef stumps Rajnath

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today used cricket parlance to define his ministry's work but was stumped by a question abou ...

49 more people die in Telangana, toll mounts to 489

Forty-nine more people have died due to heatwave conditions in Telangana in last 24 hours, taking th ...

Andhra woodcutters killing case: NHRC reco...

The National Human Rights Commission today recommended a CBI probe into the killing of 20 woodcutters allegedly in police firing in Andhra P ...

Related News

Soldier surrenders after taking bus passen...

A Filipino soldier who took more than 30 bus passengers hostage on Friday in north Philippines has surrendered, media reported. All passe ...

ASEAN meet: Thailand urges nations to address migrant crisis' '...

At a regional conference aimed at discussing possible solutions to the South East Asia migrant cris ...

Death toll from Bangladesh boat disaster rises to seven

A day after a boat capsized in Bangladesh's Meghna River, the death toll from the incident has risen ...

Post new comment

To combat spam, please enter the code in the image.

Rs. 26690 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Should mercy killing be legalised in India?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, Telangana, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com