Death toll from China’s earthquake hits 116


China quake

GANSU: A 6.2-magnitude earthquake jolted in northwest China’s Gansu Province, at midnight between Monday and Tuesday, according to China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was monitored at 35.7 degrees north latitude and 102.79 degrees east longitude, the CENC said.

The affected county is located at the junction of Gansu and Qinghai provinces, approximately 200 km from the provincial capital of Lanzhou. Many areas in Gansu and Qinghai experienced strong tremors.

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State media reported that 105 died in Gansu. Authorities reported casualties in the neighboring Qinghai Province as well with at least five deaths.

Officials in Jishishan county, the epicentre of the quake said that nearly 186 people have been injured, with 4,782 houses damaged.

Thousands of rescue workers have been deployed. Officials asked the public not to approach the disaster scene, so as to leave roads clear for rescue teams.

Authorities also warned that more aftershocks may occur, after 10 aftershocks were recorded in the quake-prone Tibetan Plateau.

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