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Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on Richter scale hits southern Qinghai province.



2010, April 14


A powerful earthquake in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, Qhinghai province, causes more than 600 deaths and over 10,000 injuries. By April 20, the number of people killed is reported to be more than 2000. President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao order local authorities to do everything possible to save those affected. The government allocates $29 million to support relief works.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey the 6.9 magnitude quake was centered 240 kilometers north of Qamdo prefecture, which borders China's Sichuan province. China's Earthquake Administration estimated the magnitude of Wednesday's quake at 7.1.
The quake strikes in a sparsely populated area at high elevation near the border with Tibet and Sichuan. Xinhua reports that more than 85 percent of houses have collapsed in Yushu county's main town of Jiegu. Rescuers must fight altitude sickness, cold temperatures, strong winds and frequent aftershocks. According to China's Earthquake Administration, the province of Qinghai has experienced 53 earthquakes above a magnitude of 5 on the Richter scale since 2001.


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