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Strong earthquake kills 94, injures over 1,000 in China (PHOTOS)

Published time: July 22, 2013 03:00
Edited time: July 23, 2013 14:16

Local resident Yang Suxia (front R) reacts as she stands beside her house badly damaged by an earthquake the day before in Meichuan township in Dingxi, in northwest China's Gansu province on July 23, 2013. (AFP Photo/Wang Zhao)

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The death toll from the earthquake that hit China's northwest Gansu Province has risen to 94, Xinhua News Agency reported; 1,001 people have been injured. Local authorities continue to search for victims of the 6.6 magnitude quake.

One person is still reported as missing after the disaster.

The initial tremor happened at around 23:45 GMT on Sunday and reportedly lasted for over a minute. The Chinese seismological bureau initially measured the quake at magnitude 6.6. The first tremor was followed by a series of quakes, including a magnitude 5.6 jolt at 01:12 GMT.

A woman (R) works beside damaged houses in Meichuan township in Dingxi, in northwest China's Gansu province, on July 23, 2013. (AFP Photo)

The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, one of the least populated in the whole country. However, the Dingxi area has a great concentration of farms and towns. The earthquake was also felt in neighboring cities of Longnan, Tianshui, and the provincial capital city of Lanzhou.

The tremor caused the collapse of or severe damage to 127,000 homes, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on its website, citing statistics gathered as of 2pm local time Tuesday. Some 31,600 moved to temporary shelters, the provincial earthquake administration.

The China Earthquake Administration is closely monitoring the seismic situation in the region and has sent disaster relief teams to the scene.

Authorities dispatched troops, police officers and local militia to the affected area to assist in rescue operations, reports Xinhua news agency.

On April 20 this year, China was struck by the worst earthquake in three years that killed at least 157 people and left around 5,700 injured, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The magnitude 6.6 quake shook a remote mountainous area of south-western China's Sichuan province, close to where an earthquake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

A woman (L) works beside damaged houses in Meichuan township in Dingxi, in northwest China's Gansu province, on July 23, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Rescuers search for a buried villager amongst earthquake damage in Meichuan township in Dingxi, in northwest China's Gansu province, early on July 23, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Rescuers search for a buried villager amongst the earthquake ruins in Meichuan township in Dingxi, in northwest China's Gansu province, early on July 23, 2013. (AFP Photo)

A man walks past a collapsed house after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province, July 22, 2013. (Reuters)

njured people receive treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province, July 22, 2013. (Reuters)

Comments (21)

 

Priya Prasad 24.07.2013 13:21

Our prayers with those affected there.

Anonymous user 24.07.2013 03:10

Prayers with China and her citizens.

Anonymous user 23.07.2013 22:07

ordinary citizens should not be punished for world politics otherwise we all should be dead by now!

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