Earthquake in China – CCTV Captures the Terrifying Impact: Gripping Footage Reveals Moment 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Gansu
At Least 111 Dead as Earthquake Hits Gansu, China: Rescue Operations Underway, Video of Earthquake in China
Beijing, 19 Dec (City Times) : (Earthquake in China) : In a devastating turn of events, a massive earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck China’s Gansu province, claiming the lives of at least 111 people, as reported by authorities on Tuesday. The earthquake, with a focal depth of 10 km, struck at 11:59 p.m. on Monday night, causing widespread destruction in Gansu and neighbouring Qinghai.
Rescue Efforts in Full Swing
The provincial fire and rescue department, responding swiftly to the catastrophe, dispatched 580 rescuers equipped with 88 fire engines, 12 search and rescue dogs, and more than 10,000 sets of equipment to the disaster area. In the wake of the tragedy, the railway authority suspended passenger and cargo trains passing through the quake zone, initiating a safety check of the tracks. (Earthquake in China)
Humanitarian Challenges Amidst Freezing Conditions
In the aftermath of the earthquake, the Dahejia Township experienced a temperature drop to 16 degrees Celsius below zero at dawn. In this challenging climate, over 140 medical staff at a local hospital worked tirelessly to care for the injured, some of whom had loved ones out of contact in the quake. The daunting task of managing the injured in freezing conditions added complexity to the ongoing humanitarian efforts.
Presidential Directive: Xi Jinping Orders Full Rescue Efforts
President Xi Jinping, acknowledging the gravity of the situation, issued a directive urging “all efforts should be made to carry out search and rescue, treat the injured in a timely manner, and minimize casualties.” The President emphasized the need for comprehensive rescue operations and swift medical attention for those affected.
China’s Vulnerability to Earthquakes
China’s geographical location places it in a seismic hotspot where several tectonic plates converge, making it susceptible to earthquakes. Last September, a 6.6-magnitude quake in the southwestern Sichuan province claimed over 60 lives, underscoring the nation’s vulnerability to seismic activity. The recent earthquake in Gansu serves as a grim reminder of the ongoing challenges posed by natural disasters in the region. (Earthquake in China)
Historical Context: A Region Familiar with Earthquake Tragedies:
Gansu, recognized as one of China’s poorest regions, lies between the Tibetan and Loess plateaus, bordering Mongolia. The historical resonance of seismic events in the region is exemplified by the 1920 earthquake that struck Gansu, claiming more than 200,000 lives and ranking as one of the world’s deadliest earthquakes in the 20th century.
CCTV Footage Captures the Impact
CCTV camera footage shared by Global Times vividly captured the moment the earthquake hit Jishishan county, Linxia, in Gansu Province. The video depicted buildings shaking before some collapsed, with people rushing out of offices and shops. The epicenter, Liugou Township, witnessed significant devastation, affecting nearby areas like Xining and Haidong in Qinghai.
Global Response and Ongoing Rescue Work
As rescue operations continue in freezing conditions, the global community expresses solidarity with China in the face of this tragedy. The international community stands ready to provide assistance and support as the affected regions grapple with the aftermath of the earthquake. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call for “all-out efforts” underscores the urgency and importance of the ongoing search, rescue, and relief work in Gansu. (Earthquake in China)