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5.9 magnitude earthquake in northwest China kills 111, more than 200 injured

At least 111 people were killed and 220 injured after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwest China on Monday night, according to state media. The earthquake struck China’s Gansu province around midnight, causing damage to buildings in the area and neighboring Qinghai province, the BBC reported.

According to the US Geological Survey, the intensity of the earthquake at a depth of 10 kilometers was measured at 5.9 on the Richter scale. Chinese officials gave a slightly higher reading of 6.2, CNN reported.

The earthquake prompted authorities to spring into action and emergency workers rushed to help people in this rural area of ​​the country, which is one of the poorest in China, the BBC reports. Withstands temperatures as low as 13°C.

Teams of rescue workers were dispatched by the government to assist local emergency workers. According to Xinhua, about 2,220 rescue personnel from provincial fire departments and forest brigades as well as professional emergency rescue teams were dispatched to the affected area, with military and police personnel also engaged in rescue efforts.

Electricity and water supply in the area was also affected due to the earthquake.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered a full rescue effort. “All efforts should be made to conduct search and rescue, timely treat the injured, and minimize casualties,” Xi said in a statement, according to the BBC.

Level-IV disaster relief emergency has been activated by China’s National Disaster Prevention, Reduction and Relief Commission and the Ministry of Emergency Management, Xinhua reports.

Gansu province is located between the Tibetan and Loess plateaus bordering Mongolia. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture, an administrative region for China’s Muslim Hui people, the BBC reported. The province previously experienced one of the deadliest earthquakes of the 20th century in 1920, which killed more than 200,000 people.

China is vulnerable to earthquakes because it is located in an area where several tectonic plates meet. , Particularly the Eurasian, Indian and Pacific plates.

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