Quake kills child, 25 people hurt
( 2003-11-14 07:57) (China Daily)
One child has been confirmed dead while 25 other people were injured in an earthquake early Thursday in Northwest China's Gansu Province.
A child less than 10 years old succumbed to injuries suffered when the temblor hit. An elderly person who was also badly hurt is still in a critical condition.
The earthquake, which measured 5.2 on the Richter scale, hit the area between Minxian, Lintan and Jone counties in Gansu yesterday morning. The epicenter was 34.7 degrees north latitude, 103.9 degrees east longitude, 150 kilometres south of Gansu's capital Lanzhou.
Minxian County has a population of 440,000, Lintan County 150,000, and Jone County 100,000.
According to the State Seismological Bureau in Beijing, a joint work team has been sent to the quake-hit area by the bureau and local seismological department to investigate the damage.
More than 10 homes were destroyed and many walls developed cracks, local government sources said.
Relief materials, including tents offered by local civil departments, have arrived at the disaster area.
Water and electric supplies are still working normally, sources said.
On top of the earthquake, however, victims will have to deal with increasingly colder weather.
On top of that, the State Seismological Bureau also warned that slight after-shocks might occur in the following days.
This is not the first earthquake in the province this year. Last month two quakes which registered 5.8 and 6.1 on the Richter scale rumbled through Minle and Shandan counties in Gansu, left nine people dead and more than 43 others injured.
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