Earthquake in China’s Qinghai Triggers Mudslides, Collapsing 360,000 Tofu-Dreg Buildings

Earthquake in China’s Qinghai Triggers Mudslides, Collapsing 360,000 Tofu-Dreg Buildings

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On December 18 at 23:59, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Jishishan County, Linxia Prefecture in Gansu Province, with an epicenter depth of 10 kilometers. The earthquake also affected three neighboring counties in Qinghai Province. As of 4 p.m. on December 20, the earthquake in Gansu and Qinghai provinces resulted in at least 134 fatalities and nearly a thousand injuries. In Gansu Province, 113 people lost their lives and 782 were injured. In Qinghai Province, 21 died and 198 were injured, with an additional 13 missing. The quake devastated roads and infrastructure, triggered landslides, and over 360,000 buildings were destroyed. The full extent of the damage and accurate casualty figures are still unclear. Residents have reported the dire situation in the various affected areas.