International A Week Since China Was Rocked by the Greatest Earthquake, Hundreds Died! News – 2 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – One of China's strongest earthquakes in recent years killed at least 149 people in a remote region of northwest China. According to state media, two people are still missing after the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred a week ago.

According to Reuters, the epicenter of the earthquake was located in Gansu and Qinghai provinces, areas inhabited by many Hui people, an ethnic minority in China with close ties and a distinct Muslim identity.

Gansu bore the brunt of the earthquake. More than 200,000 homes were destroyed and 15,000 were on the verge of collapse, Chinese state media reported. This powerful earthquake displaced 145,000 people and killed 117 people in the province as of December 22, 2023, and 781 people were injured.

In Qinghai west of Gansu, 32 people were dead and two were missing as of 11 p.m. on Sunday local time, according to state media.

Local authorities attributed the severity of the damage to the shallowness of the quake. Thrust-type earthquakes and the relatively soft sedimentary rocks in the region also amplify the earthquake's destructive power.

Many houses built from ancient times have been destroyed, these houses were made of earthen wood or brick wooden structures. Their load-bearing walls are built of earth, so the houses are poorly defended against earthquakes.

This tragedy highlights the importance of improving earthquake resistance in rural homes.

Earthquakes are common in provinces on the northeastern border of the tectonically active Qinghai-Tibet plateau, including most of Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu, parts of Xinjiang, and the rugged plateau of western Sichuan.

Ten years ago in Sichuan, more than 6,700 people were injured and more than 160 people died in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake. In 2010, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake killed 2,700 people in Yushu, a mostly Tibetan region of Qinghai.

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