Southern Qinghai, China Earthquake 2010: Facts, News, Engineering, & Images

A series of strong earthquakes killed hundreds of people in western China on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, badly damaging at least two schools, shattering homes and spreading fire through a remote town high on the Tibetan plateau. The early morning quakes hit China's Qinghai Province, an impoverished region 1,200 miles southwest of Beijing that is inhabited mainly by ethnic Tibetans.¹ The powerful tremor struck remote Yushu county, 500 miles (800 km) south-west of the provincial capital Xining, at 0749 (2349 GMT), at a shallow depth of 10 km. Most of the buildings in the town of Jiegu were destroyed and landslides have cut off roads²

The earthquake comes almost two years after the devastating Sichuan Province quake killed at least 87,000 people, which is adjacent to Qinghai. The epicenters of the two quakes were separated by about 630 miles and were both related to the northward thrust of the Indian Plate against the Eurasian Plate.³

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  • Death toll stands at 2,200 CNN
  • Rescuers save 17,000 from the quake Telegraph
  • Toll rose to more than 1,700 BBC
  • Death toll 'passes 1,000' BBC
  • More than 15,000 homes - many of traditional wood and earth construction - destroyed; more than 100,000 people in need of relocation Wall Street Journal
  • 790 confirmed dead; 300 missing Wall Street Journal
  • 85% of houses destroyed in Gygu (Yushu province) Britain's Channel 4
  • Death toll rises to 617; 313 missing; 9,110 injured Xinhua News
  • 598 dead; death toll to rise BBC
  • 400 killed; 10,000 injured Telegraph
  • 6.9 M earthquake strikes USGS report

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