China: Major Sichuan earthquake deaths rise to 186, over 11,000 injured, 21 missing & 1.5 million affected – Updated 210413 1440z

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A Communist Party official said the earthquake that hit Chinas Sichuan provinces left at least 100 (Sky News figure) people dead and injured more than 600.

Xu Mengjia, party secretary of Yaan city, which administers the area where the quake hit, told China Central Television on Saturday that the casualty count could climb higher.

The quake, which struck shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, was measured at magnitude-7 by Chinas seismological bureau and at 6.6 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

It struck near the area where a devastating quake left 90,000 dead or missing and presumed dead five years ago.

The quake measured by Chinas seismological bureau at magnitude-7 and the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6 struck the steep hills of Lushan county shortly after 8 a.m. toppling buildings, many of them older brick structures.

People ran into the streets in their underwear and wrapped in blankets, according to photos posted online.

The quakes shallow depth, less than 8 miles, likely magnified the impact.

The official Xinhua News Agency said that the quake rattled buildings in the provincial capital of Chengdu 70 miles, to the east. It caused the shutdown of the citys airport for about an hour before reopening, state media said. Lushan, where the quake struck, is home to 1.5 million people where the fertile Sichuan plain meets foothills that eventually rise to the Tibetan plateau.

Known for its mountains, the area is near a well-known preserve for pandas. Social media users who said they were in Lushan county posted photos of collapsed buildings and reported that water and electricity had been cut off.
Saturday, 20 April, 2013 at 04:13 (04:13 AM) UTC RSOE

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10,000 homes across the country have been destroyed!!!
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News Reports

At least 71 people are believed to have been killed and more than 600 injured after an earthquake struck Chinas south-western province of Sichuan.

Chinese news agency Xinhua said the quake, measured at varying magnitudes between 6.6 and 7.0, struck at 8.02am local time close to the city of Yaan in Lushan county and the epicentre had a depth of a little less than eight miles (13km).

It started landslides, destroyed buildings, and triggereda major rescue operation involving emergency services and more than 2,000 troops.

Residents leave their homes and gather in a public square after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake which struck near Ya'an city, in Chengdu
Residents take shelter in a public square in Chengdu

The rescue effort is understood to have been hampered by aftershocks and landslides. Some of the tremors which followed the main quake have been almost as strong.

According to local media reports, a vehicle carrying 17 soldiers fell off a cliff and into a river as it travelled to the epicentre. One soldier was killed and seven more injured, three seriously.

But extraordinary stories of survival are already emerging. According to one local media report, a mother managed to lift concrete weighing 50 kilogrammes to rescue her son from the rubble.

Another report described how a woman gave birth at a bike shelter just a few hours after the quake hit.

According to the Peoples Daily newspaper, fire-fighters dug out a mother holding her baby in her arms from the rubble. She survived, but her baby sadly died.

Tremors have been felt in neighbouring provinces and in the provincial capital city of Chengdu. Users of Weibo, Chinas microblogging service, have posted images of damaged buildings and described scenes of panic as residents rushed outside.

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Lushan was hit just after 8am local time

A resident in Chengdu said he was on the 13th floor of a building when he felt the quake. The building shook for about 20 seconds and he saw tiles fall from nearby buildings.

Local seismologists registered the quake at magnitude 7.0 while the US Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 6.6.

The USGS said significant casualties were likely and extensive damage is probable and disaster is likely widespread.

Past events with this alert level have required a national or international-level response, it added.

Collapsed houses are seen after an earthquake of 6.6 magnitude, on the side of a road leading from Ya'an city to Luzhou county, in Ya'an
Collapsed houses on a road leading from Yaan city to Luzhou county

A Chinese General, flying over one area in a helicopter, told local media that as many as 50 percent of buildings in one area had collapsed.

Chinas new Premiere Li Keqiang is flying to the region to survey the damage. The quake is the first big test for the new Chinese leadership. Their ability to respond to it is likely to be scrutinised on an ever growing social media forum.

The epicentre is close to the location of the 2008 earthquake which killed 68,000 people. That quake had a greater magnitude of 7.9 but its epicentre was further underground.

The 2008 disaster destroyed large swathes of the province along with areas of neighbouring Shaanxi and Gansu. The government faced significant criticism for allowing badly constructed buildings to be erected and for covering up their failings.

Collapsed houses are seen after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Luzhou county, Ya'an
Collapsed houses in Luzhou county

International offers of assistance have already been received.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent Chinas President Xi Jinping a telegram expressing his condolences and offering help.

The Russian leader affirmed Russias readiness in case of need to provide assistance in dealing with the consequences of this damaging natural disaster, the Kremlin said in a statement.

An aerial view shows houses damaged after a strong earthquake in Lushan county, Ya'an
An aerial view of damaged houses Lushan county

Twin tremors in neighbouring Yunnan province last September triggered landslides that left at least 80 people dead.

A 5.5 magnitude quake in Yunnan last June killed four people and injured more than 100.

Another 5.4 tremor the year before near the border with Burma left 25 people dead and injured 250. Sky News

Update 21 April 2013:

China quake leaves 186 dead, 21 missing

(Photo: Rescue efforts under way after SW China earthquake on 20 April 2013

“186 people are now known to have died in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit southwest Chinas Sichuan Province on Saturday. The latest figures come from Chinas Earthquake Administration. 21 people are still officially reported as missing.

More than 11,000 people have been injured, with the total number of affected people standing at 1.5 million. Yaan city in west Sichuan has reported 164 deaths, with more than a hundred occurring in Lushan County. 8 people died in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. There are also reports of deaths in other cities.

Rescuers say theyve now reached all parts of Lushan county, and that the remote county of Baoxing has become the new focus of the rescue efforts. Getting into Baoxing is proving difficult due to the landslides that have blocked the roads into the county.

According to China Earthquake Networks Center, the quake hit Lushan County of Yaan city at just after 8am on Saturday, Beijing time. As of 0600 GMT, or 2pm Sunday Beijing time, 1445 aftershocks had occurred. 72 of them were 3 or above on the Ritcher scale.” – CCTV China

Aftermath of fatal earthquake in Sichuan, China

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President orders all-out rescue efforts

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“Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday ordered rescuing troops in the quake-hit zone in southwest China’s Sichuan Province to make “every possible effort.”

The 7.0-magnitude quake has caused severe losses to the security of people’s lives and properties, Xi said in his instruction to the armed forces and armed police.

The troops must be quickly dispatched to the front line of the quake-relief work to rescue residents and treat the injured in every possible way, Xi said.

They have also been instructed to take precautionary measures against secondary disasters and help local governments to relocate affected people, as well as safeguard social stability of the quake zone.

Troops should also take care of their own safety, Xi said.” – CCTV China

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Government sends 6,000 troops to Sichuan region after earthquake kills at least 180 people and wounds 6,000.

Officials have confirmed at least 180 people have died in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province, Chinese state television reports.

The shallow quake hit near the city of Ya’an, on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, just after 8am (00:00 GMT) on Saturday and injured at least 6,000 people. The conditons of at least 147 of them were in a serious.

The earthquake, which set off landslides and destroyed buildings, occurred close to where a big earthquake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008. It was followed by several aftershocks.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang said all efforts must be put into rescuing victims to limit the death toll.

Li was on his way to Ya’an, state media said.

“The current most urgent issue is grasping the first 24 hours since the quake’s occurrence, the golden time for saving lives,” Xinhua quoted Li as saying.

Rescue efforts

Xinhua said 6,000 troops were heading to the area to help with rescue efforts.

State television CCTV said only emergency vehicles were being allowed into Ya’an, though Chengdu airport
had reopened.

Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan, where water and electricity were cut off.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Kevin Xia, information officer of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Sichuan, said that area where the earthquake hit is still cutoff and the victims need urgent care.

“This is a mountainous area so it is a challenge for relief work and the distribution of relief materials,” Xia said.

Local seismologists registered the quake at magnitude 7.0 while the US Geological Survey gave it as 6.6 at a depth of 12km. It was followed by several aftershocks.

Buildings collapse

Rescue workers heading for the quake zone were struggling to clear roads that had been blocked by debris, CCTV reported.

“There are mountains on all sides, it is very easy to trigger mudslides and very dangerous,” one user wrote on the microblogging service Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

The tremors were felt several hundred kilometres to the east of the epicentre in the city of Chongqing, which is home to about 30 million people. Xinhua showed images of residents outside their apartment buildings after fleeing the shaking.

The military set up a relief and rescue headquarters and medical relief team for the quake-hit region.

Rescue workers turned a square outside the Lushan’s county hospital into a triage centre with medical personnel treating the wounded, according to footage on China Central Television.

Hard-hit parts of the county remained unreachable by road and phone services were cut off, but some text and internet services worked, state media said.

A Sina Weibo user, posting a Lushan geotag, said that many buildings had collapsed and that people could see helicopters hovering above.

Aerial photos issued by China’s military and shown on state television showed houses in ruins and villages flattened into rubble.

Doctors and nurses work day and night at hospital in Chengdu


“Doctors and nurses are working day and night to treat the injured and save lives after the quake.

Emotions are still raw. Fear, anxiety, and also, hope.

As rescue work continues in the quake zone, 150 kilometers away, doctors, nurses and volunteers at Chengdus West China Hospital have spent a sleepless night, the first of many to come. This is western Chinas top hospital, and is playing a key role in treating the injured from the quake zone. They have received a hundred and sixty patients over night.

Most have broken bones. But even so, orthopedic surgeons, as well as neurologists are all on duty. A timely diagnosis has to be, a thorough one as well.

The hospital has put aside 200 beds for patients from the quake zone. Doctors conducted 20 operations overnight. They expect to receive many more patients as rescue efforts continue.

Preparations are already being made. Temporary clinics and treatment rooms are being set up. Another 3 hundred beds will be made available. Emergency treatment specialists from Beijing are also heading here.

Many patients are worried about the high cost of the treatment. But the Chinese government has launched a level one emergency response. Patients will be treated for free.

Volunteers are waiting to receive more patients once they arrive. Just like the rescuers in the quake zone, they are also running against time.” – CCTV China

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2 thoughts on “China: Major Sichuan earthquake deaths rise to 186, over 11,000 injured, 21 missing & 1.5 million affected – Updated 210413 1440z

  1. Google chinese:

    中國:四川大地震死亡人數上升至186,超過11000人受傷,21失踪1.5萬的影響 – 更新210413 1440z




    魯山縣發生這次地震震級7由中國地震局和美國地質調查局在6.6 – 計量 – 陡峭的山坡後不久,8時建築物倒塌,其中很多是舊磚結構。




    4月20日(星期六),2013在04:13(上午04點13分)UTC RSOE的
    7.0級地震擊中中國 – CCTV






    中國地震台網7.0 – 2013年4月20日

    中國地震2013 – 中國2013年4月20日震級6.6強震命中




    由馬克斯通,北京通訊員9:18 AM英國,4月20日星期六2013


    中國新聞社記者說,地震,測得不同程度的升幅在6.6和7.0之間,發生在當地時間上午08時02到雅安市蘆山縣和震中深度不到8英里(13公里) 。





















    另一個靠近中緬邊境的前一年的5.4震顫造成25人死亡,250受傷。 – 天空新聞


    目前已知有186人死亡的7.0級地震襲擊中國西南地區的四川省週六。來自中國地震局的最新數字。 21人仍然正式報告失踪。



    據中國地震台網中心,地震擊中雅安市魯山縣在上週六的上午8時剛過,北京的時間。截至格林威治時間0600,或下午(星期日)北京時間1445次餘震發生。 72人3或以上的裡氏規模。 – CCTV中國







    部隊也應該照顧自己的安全,習近平說, – CCTV中國

































    志願者正在等待接收更多的患者,一旦他們達到了。就像在地震災區的救援人員,他們也背道而馳。 – CCTV中國

    利斯 – Live互聯網抗震服務器


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