Northwest China Gansu earthquake killed more than 100 people

Northwest China Gansu earthquake

Northwest China Gansu earthquake killed more than 100 people

A 6.2 Magnitude earthquake hit the province Gansu in northwest China which has killed more than 100 people. According to Chinese media, this fatal earthquake occurred just before midnight on Dec 18, 2023.

The disastrous earthquake struck the mountainous region on the northern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau just before midnight on December 18, 2023. It has resulted in the casualties of more than 110 people and hundreds of injured people for now.

Authorities have quickly mobilized emergency response in the aftermath of a dreadful earthquake in Gansu, northwest China. It has destroyed roads, and infrastructure, prompted landslides and half buried a village in slit.

However, rescue effort has been difficult in subzero weather. Because most of China dealing with subzero temperatures as a severe cold wave swept throughout the country.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), a recent earthquake struck the Jishishan county in Gansu at 11:59 p.m. on Monday midnight with 6.2 magnitude at a depth of only 10km.

The China Seismological Network Center organized experts who investigated seismic activity (earthquake) near Jishi Mountain in Gansu Province. This earthquake was located in southeastern Gansu, about 3 kilometers away from the nearest fault on the northern edge of Laji Mountain.

The epicenter was 5 kilometers from the border between Gansu and Qinghai. Qinghai is a neighbouring province where strong tremors were also felt. The death toll in Qinghai province has risen to at least 13 people and about 182 people injured.

There are about 2,200 personnel from the Gansu Provincial Fire Department and 900 from the forest brigade who attended the disaster zone. As well as 260 professional emergency rescue workers, military and police are also performing rescue duties.

Earthquakes are widespread in western provinces like Gansu which is located on the eastern edge of the tectonically active Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. The deadliest earthquake in recent Chinese history destroyed Sichuan in 2008 which killed roughly 70,000 people.

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