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Earthquake in China

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Type of Event:
Location of Event:
Sichuan Province, China
Date of Charter Activation:
20 April 2013
Charter Requestor:
National Disaster Reduction Center of China / China Meteorological Administration
Project Management:
National Disaster Reduction Center of China

Description of the event

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Lushan County of Sichuan province, South-West China, at 08:02am (UTC) on Saturday 20 April 2013. Multiple aftershocks were felt in the area increasing fears of landslides.

Media reports suggest that more than 200 people are dead or missing, 11,500 are injured of which 960 are serious and thousands more are left homeless after the quake. The extent of the damage is still unknown however; several homes have been destroyed, villages have been ruined and communication networks are disrupted.

The earthquake has destroyed the village of Longmen, where most buildings collapsed making it difficult for rescuers to reach the affected area.

Rescue efforts are underway in some of the most remote areas of Sichuan province. Relief supplies have been reaching these areas slowly due to blocked roads and heavy traffic jams within the province. In 2008 a 7.9 magnitude earthquake devastated Sichuan province, killing more than 90,000 people.