Tuesday, April 13

Earthquake with 7.1-magnitude Kills 67 in Northwest China

Source/Xinhua - Photo from mobile phone shows the destroyed houses after an earthquake in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China's Qinghai Province.

According to state, Earthquake struck in northwest China killed at least kills dozens people and left many others buried under debris early Wednesday.

The Earthquake happened at 7:49 a.m. in Qinghai Province, was reported as having a magnitude of 7.1 by China’s earthquake administration. The United States Geological Survey recorded it as 6.9.

According to China News, the earthquake struck 240 miles southeast of Golmud, a town of about 130,000 on the Tibetan plateau. Golmud is perhaps best known as the site of the world’s largest salt lake.

The China Earthquake Networks Center said epicenter had been in Yushu County, an area sparsely populated with farmers and herders, mostly ethnic Tibetans.

China National Radio said that 90 percent of the homes in the area had collapsed but that schools and government buildings had largely remained standing.
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