Hundreds Killed in Another China Earthquake

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 10:12am.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake killed hundreds of people in China's Qinghai province Wednesday morning, local time. Four strong aftershocks, ranging from 4.8 to 5.8 have since shaken the region. (HAARP at work? ~ S.I.A.) - Video 

The earthquake's epicenter was located in the rural county of Yushu, 150 miles (240 kilometers) north-northwest of Qamdo, Tibet, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). The quake struck at 7:49 a.m. local time Wednesday (7:49 p.m. Tuesday EDT).

The death toll has already topped 400, and is expected to rise. The earthquake damaged or demolished countless buildings and homes, made primarily of wood and earth, leaving many trapped in the rubble.

Twenty students were buried under the wreckage of their school in Jiegu, a hard-hit town near the epicenter. The majority of the buildings in Jiegu have been flattened by the earthquake.

Shortages in equipment and doctors are hindering rescue efforts. Relief workers in this remote, mountainous region are also being slowed by damaged roads to the airport as well as poor communication due to downed phone lines.

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Conditions will remain mainly dry over the next few days as rescue and clean-up operations continue. However, overnight temperatures in the area will drop below freezing, and survivors could be forced to face the harsh elements.

The Chinese government is rushing 5,000 tents, 50,000 cotton coats and 50,000 quilts to the region.

April 14, 2010 - source AccuWeather

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 10:12am.