At least 118 people died in Monday’s earthquake in northwest China, with rescuers searching for possible survivors in frigid conditions. This is reported today by press agencies with reference to Chinese state media. The 6.2-magnitude element struck in the provinces of Kangsu and Qinghai, where it destroyed many houses, some roads and injured more than five hundred people.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located in Kansu Province, which lies near the border with Mongolia. The epicenter of the tremors was in its southern part, approximately one hundred kilometers southwest of the provincial capital of Lanzhou, not far from the border with Qinghai province. Their focus was located at a relatively shallow depth of ten kilometers below the surface. According to the agencies, the tremors destroyed a number of buildings, from which people tried to escape in the street. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.9.
At least 105 people have died in the province, with another 397 injured and 16 of them in critical condition, according to a spokesman for the Kansu Crisis Management Office. The rest of the victims and another 140 injured were registered in Qinghai province.
Rescue work is complicated by freezing weather with temperatures reaching below minus ten degrees. Lack of people is also a problem. Rescuers are looking for at least 300 people to be rescued from the rubble in Kan-su, the BBC reported.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Jing-wen has already offered help to China, expressing her condolences to Beijing. Her country already sent rescue workers to Turkey this year after a devastating earthquake.