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“86 Lost Lives: China Earthquake Tragedy”

At least 86 people have been killed and over 400 injured after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck China’s Shaanxi Province in the Northwest on January 22nd. The earthquake occurred at 10:40 am China Standard Time (CST) and was centered near Zhouzhi County within the Shangluo City area. This quake destroyed several homes and collapsed roads, causing severe damage to the area.

The Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management (CEM) announced on the day of the disaster that over 21,000 people had been displaced due to the quake, requiring immediate relief and assistance. By the following day, teams of medical personnel, engineers, and volunteers had started to arrive in the affected areas to assist in post-earthquake relief efforts.

At present, the epicenter of the quake has registered a seismic intensity of 9.0, with the ground shaking lasting for around 15 seconds. Over 8,300 aftershocks have reportedly been detected, increasing the risk of landslides and further destruction in the area.

The Chinese government has strongly urged for more rescue efforts and is aiming to provide those affected by the quake with food, tents, and medical aid as quickly as possible. China’s President, Xi Jinping, has also issued an order for all departments to strengthen the rescue and provide thorough care for the affected population.

This is the second major earthquake to hit Shaanxi Province in just three years. In 2018, 79 people were killed and 823 were injured in a magnitude 6.6 quake that took place in Yumen County. The recent quake is yet another harsh reminder of the worrying seismological conditions in China, as well as the need for continued educational efforts to ensure the safety of residents in vulnerable locations.

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