Backgrounder: Powerful earthquakes worldwide since beginning of 2010
Backgrounder: Recent major strong earthquakes worldwide
|A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit northwest China's Qinghai Province early on Wednesday, the China Earthquake Networks Center said. (Xinhua/Meng Lijing)
BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- A 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China's Qinghai Province, on Wednesday, leaving at least 67 people dead and many others buried under the debris.
The epicenter is about 50 km west of Jiegu Township, the government seat of the Yushu Prefecture, and about 800 km away from Xining, the provincial capital.
The prefecture, covering 267,000 square kilometers, has a population of more than 252,700 people, 97 percent of whom are Tibetans, and 21,700 people are farmers and herdsmen.
The prefecture, with an average altitude of 4,000 meters, is south to Mongolian-Tibetan-Kazak Autonomous Prefecture of Haixi, west to Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Golog, northwest to Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in Sichuan Province and north to Qamdo Prefecture and northeast to Nagqu Prefecture in Tibet Autonomous Region and southeast to Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture of Bayingolin in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The gross domestic product of the prefecture reached more than 2.5 billion yuan (about 367.6 million U.S. dollars) in 2009.
The prefecture experienced a 5.0-magnitude earthquake on July 18, 2006 and a 5.6-magnitude quake on the second day, followed by a series of aftershocks. The epicenters were in sparsely populated pasturing area, and no casualties were reported.
At least 67 dead after 7.1-magnitude quake hits China's Qinghai
YUSHU, Qinghai, April 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 67 people died and many others were buried under the debris after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit northwest China's Qinghai Province early on Wednesday, the China Earthquake Administration said.
More than 85 percent of the houses in the Jiegu Township near the epicenter had collapsed, said Zhuohuaxia, a publicity official with the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, told Xinhua. Full story
Rescue teams, relief sent to quake-hit NW China
BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Rescue teams from the central government and neighboring provinces have been sent to northwest China's Qinghai Province, hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake Wednesday morning.
A 15-member rescue team from the China Earthquake Administration (CEA) has been sent to Yushu, a Tibetan autonomous prefecture in western part of Qinghai, the CEA said in a statement to Xinhua. Full story