Earthquake in China,150 dead, close to 6000 injured

Date: 20-04-2013 6:10 pm (10 years ago) | Author: Direct
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More than 150 people were killed and 5,700 injured when a strong earthquake hit a mountainous part of southwestern China on Saturday, destroying thousands of homes and triggering landslides.



The shallow earthquake struck Sichuan province on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau just after 8:00 am, prompting a major rescue operation in the same area where 87,000 people were reported dead or missing in a massive quake in 2008.

Nearly 13 hours after the quake hit Lushan county in the city of Ya’an, the death toll stood at 157, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Ministry of Civil Affairs which said more than 5,700 had been injured.



At least 10,000 homes were destroyed, the Sichuan government said as rescue workers searched through the rubble for survivors.

Local seismologists registered the quake at magnitude 7.0 while the US Geological Survey gave it as 6.6. More than 260 aftershocks followed, the People’s Daily said on its website.



The shaking was felt in the provincial capital Chengdu, which lies to the east, and even in the megacity of Chongqing several hundred kilometres (miles) away.

Panicked residents fled into the streets, some of them still in their slippers and pyjamas.



“Members of my family were woken up. They were lying in bed when the strong shaking began and the wardrobes began shaking strongly,” said a 43-year-old Chongqing resident surnamed Wang. “We grabbed our clothes and ran outside.”

About 6,000 soldiers and police were heading to the area to help rescue work and five drones were sent to capture aerial images, Xinhua said.



Some teams had to contend with roads blocked by debris, state television CCTV reported, while one military vehicle carrying 17 troops plummeted over a cliff, killing one soldier and injuring seven others, Xinhua said.

“There are mountains on all sides, it is very easy to trigger mudslides and very dangerous,” one user wrote on Sina Weibo microblog site.

The disaster evoked comparisons to the 2008 Sichuan quake, the country’s worst in decades, and President Xi Jinping ordered all out efforts to minimise casualties, Xinhua said.

Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Sichuan in the afternoon and took a helicopter to the quake zone.
The first 24 hours was “the golden time for saving lives”, he was quoted as saying.

“Life is the most important thing and the top priority is saving lives,” he said.

Amid the rescue efforts, a 30-year-old pregnant woman surnamed Zhao was pulled out of the rubble along with a young child and sent to hospital for treatment, the People’s Daily said on its Weibo account.

“We have pulled 13 people out of the rubble, including 10 alive,” local official Luo Bin told Xinhua in the village of Gucheng.

“We are not sure whether more people are buried underneath but the search will go on,” he said.
CCTV showed one survivor receiving stitches for his head on the street, and another elderly man being pushed in a wheelbarrow padded with blankets past a row of tents set up outside a Lushan hospital.

A local TV journalist due to get married on Saturday turned up instead for work and a photograph of her holding a microphone in her wedding dress with bright makeup and a corsage was widely circulated online.
Meanwhile Ya’an residents were offering to donate badly needed blood, the People’s Daily said.

Posted: at 20-04-2013 06:10 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
- dirtymind43 at 20-04-2013 07:33 PM (10 years ago)
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OMG what a natural disaster i swear Nigeria dey enjoy oo bcos we no de experience dis kain tin 4 naija,God dey help us 4 dis country gaan oo
Posted: at 20-04-2013 07:33 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- chicco77 at 20-04-2013 07:40 PM (10 years ago)
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sorry for dem
Posted: at 20-04-2013 07:40 PM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- donfesla at 20-04-2013 07:47 PM (10 years ago)
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Chinco sorry
Posted: at 20-04-2013 07:47 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Ifemylove at 20-04-2013 07:57 PM (10 years ago)
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eyahhhh R.I.P to the dead souls and wishing the injured, speedy recovery..
Posted: at 20-04-2013 07:57 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Senegal at 20-04-2013 08:34 PM (10 years ago)
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so sorry
Posted: at 20-04-2013 08:34 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- etibaba at 20-04-2013 08:49 PM (10 years ago)
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God have mercy

Posted: at 20-04-2013 08:49 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- arsenal123 at 20-04-2013 08:54 PM (10 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 20-04-2013 08:54 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- zoe61 at 20-04-2013 09:00 PM (10 years ago)
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not again
Posted: at 20-04-2013 09:00 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- osamabinladin at 20-04-2013 09:04 PM (10 years ago)
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 Sad
Posted: at 20-04-2013 09:04 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- dickman2 at 20-04-2013 09:53 PM (10 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 20-04-2013 09:53 PM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Shegzan at 20-04-2013 09:57 PM (10 years ago)
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Hmmn... Chinco, mk God hlp us!

Posted: at 20-04-2013 09:57 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- juddycoil at 20-04-2013 10:02 PM (10 years ago)
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 Sad
Posted: at 20-04-2013 10:02 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Solidstonez at 20-04-2013 10:25 PM (10 years ago)
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OH NO

Posted: at 20-04-2013 10:25 PM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Solidstonez at 20-04-2013 10:26 PM (10 years ago)
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 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

Posted: at 20-04-2013 10:26 PM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Jaylen at 20-04-2013 10:49 PM (10 years ago)
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Aww, sorry chinco ..
Posted: at 20-04-2013 10:49 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- simple4guys at 20-04-2013 11:32 PM (10 years ago)
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is a pity God show mercy
Posted: at 20-04-2013 11:32 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- Esty4life at 20-04-2013 11:59 PM (10 years ago)
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Sorry dearies God liveth & knoweth. He will see u through
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- mariofavour at 21-04-2013 02:16 AM (10 years ago)
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(OMG what a natural disaster i swear Nigeria dey enjoy oo bcos we no de experience dis kain tin 4 naija,God dey help us 4 dis country gaan oo


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- chidieberelendu at 21-04-2013 04:33 AM (10 years ago)
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So so so sorry,the lord is your strength both now and always
Posted: at 21-04-2013 04:33 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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