Qinghai Earthquake | Map of China earthquake

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China has experienced two major earthquakes in the last three years. Image from Wikimedia.

At 7:49 a.m. local time in China, earthquake today killed more than 400 people and injured more than 10,000 people. The Qinghai Earthquake started with a 6.9 shake, and was followed by aftershocks that clocked in at 5.3 and 5.8. The China earthquake today hit a Tibetan area in the south of Qinghai province. After last year’s 7.9 earthquake disaster, the China earthquake today further hinders the debt repair of these poverty-stricken regions in China.

Qinghai China earthquake today

In the Qinghai earthquake, more than 90  percent of the houses and buildings in the local area toppled with the first major Qinghai earthquake. The China earthquake today also toppled a vocational school where students are trapped and buried. China has dispatched rescuers, tents, food and supplies to help the victims of the Qinghai earthquake, but the damaged roads, airports and communications systems are hindering rescue efforts. Many countries are already stepping up with offers of fast cash loans, aid, and relief workers.

Map of China earthquake

The China earthquake today was centered in the township of Jiegu, in the county of Yushu. The area is mountainous and rural, with a population of mostly farmers, sheepherders and tradespeople. The largest nearby city is Qamdo, Tibet.

Strength of China earthquake today

The Qinghai earthquake is being reported as two different magnitudes. The US Geological Service is reporting that the quake measured as 6.9 magnitude on the Richter scale. However, agencies in China map the earthquake as 7.1 magnitude. There have been 18 aftershocks thus far, two of which have been over 5 on the richer scale.

Large earthquakes causing significant damage

Just two years ago, a large China earthquake hit just 800 kilometers away from today’s Qinghai earthquake. That earthquake left over five million homeless and 87,000 people dead or missing. Just in the last three months, Haiti, Chile, Taiwan, Northern Mexico, and Indonesia have seen significant earthquakes. The major activity is mostly reported as being a part of natural earthquake cycles. However, this China earthquake today is re-igniting fears of large earthquakes in other areas of the world.

Sources:

The Associated Press at dspdDB0WaMv_An4A-NvHB_DwmCwD9F2NQ5G0
Mapreport at http://www.mapreport.com/subtopics/d/e.html#m0

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