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At least 47 Dead After China Earthquake

Post  Panda on Mon 22 Jul - 6:29

At Least 47 Dead After China EarthquakeA quake hits China's Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastures with a population of 26 million.6:14am UK, Monday 22 July 2013 The earthquake happened near the city of Dingxi
EmailA strong earthquake has struck in China killing at least 47 people and injuring 81, according to the local government.

The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastureland with a population of 26 million.

That makes it one of China's more lightly populated provinces, although the Dingxi area has a greater concentration of farms and towns with a total population of about 2.7 million.

The deaths and injuries were reported in Min County and other rural southern parts of Dingxi municipality, the provincial government said in a statement posted on its official microblog.

Residents described shaking windows and swinging lights but only minor damage and little panic.

Shaking was felt in the provincial capital of Lanzhou 110 miles north, and as far away as Xi'an, 250 miles to the east.

"You could see the chandeliers wobble and the windows vibrating and making noise, but there aren't any cracks in the walls," said a front desk clerk at the Wuyang Hotel in the Zhang County, about 25 miles from the epicentre.

"Shop assistants all poured out onto the streets when the shaking began," said a front desk clerk at the Wuyang Hotel in the Zhang County seat about 25 miles from the epicentre."

The quake was shallow, which can be more destructive. The centre said it struck about 12.4 miles beneath the surface, while the Gansu provincial earthquake administration said it was just 3.7 miles deep.

Dingxi is about 766 miles west of Beijing.

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Re: At least 47 Dead After China Earthquake

Post  Panda on Tue 23 Jul - 14:22

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137232356448803.html

This is a video of the damage the Earthquake has done.

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