Series of Large Quakes Rattle China
Posted April 14, 2010on:
A series of several strong quakes struck China in the early morning around 7:49 am local time. It hit China’s Qinghai province. The quakes have so far killed 589 people and injured over 10,000. There are many students and workers trapped within the debris of once standing edifices and school buildings. The initial quake was measured at 6.9 on the Richter Scale and the aftershocks that followed within the next hour had the largest at 5.8. The epicenter of the quake was in a remote region of mountainous land. It struck about 150 miles north of Qamdo, Tibet as the area lies near the borders of Tibet and Xingjiang. The area is on the lower end of the economic scale and the majority of the houses were made of wood with walls made of earth and soil. The Chinese government responded very quickly to this disaster having experience from the devastating Sichuan Earthquake and sent 5,000 soldiers to the area for rescue and aid. We can only pray for the citizens’ safety as help steadily arrives.