4 killed, 54 injured after M6.3 quake hits SW China

2014-11-23 02:35:43 GMT2014-11-23 10:35:43(Beijing Time)  China Daily
Locals stand outside after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit Kangding county, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province, Nov 22, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua] Locals stand outside after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit Kangding county, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province, Nov 22, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]
A girl from Kangding county receives treatment at the People's Hospital of Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province, Nov 23, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua] A girl from Kangding county receives treatment at the People's Hospital of Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province, Nov 23, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]
Two severely wounded people receive treatment at the People's Hospital of Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province, Nov 23, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua] Two severely wounded people receive treatment at the People's Hospital of Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province, Nov 23, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]
Residents stay outside after an earthquake in Kangding county. [Photo provided from Sina Weibo] Residents stay outside after an earthquake in Kangding county. [Photo provided from Sina Weibo]
The rescue team get prepared after an earthquake in Kangding.[Photo provided from Sina Weibo] The rescue team get prepared after an earthquake in Kangding.[Photo provided from Sina Weibo]
The debris falling from the buidling after an quake.[Photo provided from Sina Weibo] The debris falling from the buidling after an quake.[Photo provided from Sina Weibo]
The mess in a home kitchen.[Photo provided from Sina Weibo] The mess in a home kitchen.[Photo provided from Sina Weibo]
The epicenter Kangding (red dot) is 325 km away from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. [Photo/CENT] The epicenter Kangding (red dot) is 325 km away from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. [Photo/CENT]

Update: Death toll of Southwest China quake rises to 4

CHENGDU - The death toll of a 6.3-magnitude earthquake which hit Kangding County in southwest China's Sichuan Province had risen to four as of 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The quake struck at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, with its epicenter in Tagong Town, Kangding, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, about 37 km from the county seat, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Fifty-four people were injured, including six in critical condition and another five suffering severe injuries. The remaining 43 people suffered minor injuries, according to the prefecture government.

The injured are all being treated in the People's Hospital of Garze.

More than 79,500 people were affected and 25,000 houses were damaged. About 6,200 people had been relocated.

Related: 2 dead, 54 injured after quake hits Southwest China

Two people had been confirmed killed and another 54 injured as of 6:30 a.m. Sunday after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Kangding County in southwest China's Sichuan.

The quake struck at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, with its epicenter in Tagong Town, Kangding, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, which is 37 km from the county seat, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Six of the injured were in critical condition, while another five had severe injuries. The remaining 43 people suffered minor injuries, according to the prefecture government.

Nineteen out of the 43 slightly injured are students of an elementary school. They are all being treated in the People's Hospital of Garze.

Related: 2 dead after M6.3 quake hits SW China

CHENGDU - Two people were killed and 42 injured after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 18 kilometers, struck Kangding county, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province.

The quake struck at 4:55 pm Saturday, with its epicenter in Tagong Town, 37 km from the county seat, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

A woman in her 70s died at the scene after being hit in the head by falling debris, said Chen Yunbing, a doctor with Ganzi People's Hospital.

The latest source from local publicity department the death toll has increased to two.

House damages cannot be calculated in the night, it said, adding that concrete damages and casualties are still being counted up.

Forty-two students from a primary school in Tagong Town, the epicenter, were injured in a stampede during the quake. The injured people have been sent to Ganzi People's Hospital.

About 100 students were in the Zuqing Primary School in Tagong when the quake happened. Some buildings had cracks, said Mao Yu, head of the publicity department of Kangding.

About 55,000 people have been affected by the quake, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

The quake zone has experienced 95 aftershocks so far, with the strongest one measuring 2.3 magnitude in Richter scale.

Minor cracks appeared in some airport buildings of the Kangding airport near the epicenter, but flights were not affected, said Tan Heng, a clerk at the airport.

Citizens in Chengdu, the provincial capital, said they felt the quake strongly.

"The house window was shaking fiercely. Some people rushed out of the building," said a woman in Chengdu.

Guo, a Kangding resident, told Xinhua the tremor was powerful and many articles fell to the floor in his home.

"But the earthquake did not afffect people's life that much," said Liu Jinyuan, deputy head of the publicity department of Kangding county, "people are still dancing on the square as usual."

The Sichuan Provincial Earthquake Administration launched a Grade I emergency response, the highest, after the quake and has dispatched working teams to Kangding, whose county seat is in a narrow valley with a river flowing through.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs said at its website that it has allocated 1,000 tents, 2,000 quilts and 2,000 cotton-padded coats to the area.

The provincial civil affair department has also sent 600 tents, 1,000 quilts and 1,000 cotton-padded coats. And the civil affair authorities of Ganzi are organizing a team to the epicenter to check disaster situation and help quake-affected people relocate.

Electricity supply has resumed as of 9 p.m. in Tagong Town, the epicenter, said the Sichuan Power Company of the State Grid.

Ya'an cty in Sichuan has dispatched five ambulances and 30 medical workers to the quake-hit areas, said the provincial health department. Another 20 medical workers from the People's Hospital of Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture are heading to the epicenter. A medical rescue team in Huaxi Hospital affiliated to Sichuan University is on standby.

A 35-strong rescue team of armed police arrived at Tagong township two hours after the quake occurred.

Railway authorities in Chengdu halted passenger trains in affected areas and dispatched workers to check railway facilities after the earthquake. And the service has been resumed as of 6:55 pm.

The sector of Linzhi county in Tibet Autonomous Region of the G318 Highway, which links Tibet and Sichuan has caved in after the quake. More than 100 vehicles are trapped on the highway. Local authorities said the traffic is expected to be resumed by Sunday noon.

A statue of the Buddha in Tagong Temple was damaged during the quake but no casualty was reported, according to the head of the management committee of the temple.

The quake also affected Zhaodong City in neighboring Yunnan province.

 

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