China’s north-west Gansu province has been struck by two powerful earthquakes, leading to a tragically high number of 75 people killed and more than 400 injured so far.
Dingxi city experienced a first earthquake of a 5.98 magnitude with a 6 mile depth, and was followed by another 5.6 magnitude earthquake, said the US Geological Survey.
Don’t forget that in 2008, the Sichuan area was struck by an earthquake leaving as many as 90 000 people dead and millions homeless.
According to the Earthquake Administration of Gansu Province, the area has been hit by more than 370 aftershocks, and tremors were felt up to 250 miles away in the provincial capital, Lanzhou.
Approximately 5600 houses are seriously damaged and another 380 have collapsed. Other areas now suffer from power cuts.
The Dingxi government said on its microblog that the earthquake also caused an important economic loss of £21m.
Rescuers are still at work, trying to access the damaged areas but mudslides and landslides make it difficult. An important number of soldiers, specialist rescuers and emergency tents have been deployed.
Unfortunately, the weather is predicted to worsen with rain expected in the next few days, which might cause more landslides.