China : Deaths, injuries and thousands displaced after 7.1 quake

More than 12,000 people were displaced.
China : Deaths, injuries and thousands displaced after 7.1 quake

A 7.1 magnitude quake hit the western part of China on Tuesday shortly after 2 a.m. local time. In the evening, authorities reported three deaths, five injured, two seriously.

As of 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 1,104 aftershocks have been reported, five of which were stronger than magnitude 5.0, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The highest magnitude measured at 5.7.

As aftershocks continued to rock the western part of China, more than 12,000 people were displaced, staying in tents and other shelters, lighting bonfires to combat the freezing temperatures.

Due to the small population in the area surrounding the epicenter of the earthquake in Uchturpan County, close to the Kazakhstani border, very few people were killed or seriously injured even though the earthquake inflicted major damage in the bitter cold.

As essential survival supplies, such as tents and clothing, were distributed to assist the thousands of people who had evacuated their houses, rescue teams searched among the debris.

China is prone to earthquakes. The deadliest earthquake happened nine years ago, in December triggering a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Gansu province that claimed 151 lives.

The last disaster happened this Monday at 6 a.m in Liangshui. Authorities said 47 people went missing after landslides buried many homes.

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