Strong earthquake shakes remote areas in western China

An overnight earthquake shook a sparsely populated area in western China

The magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred in Menyuan Hui Autonomous County, Qinghai Province at 1:45 am, with a focal depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The epicenter was located about 140 kilometers (85 miles) northwest of Xining, the provincial capital, in a mountainous area at an altitude of 3,659 meters (12,000 feet).

The night video posted on the Internet by CCTV’s overseas branch CGTN showed that furniture and ceiling lamps were shaking, and livestock suddenly stood up and moved inside the fence. Photos from the state-owned China News Agency showed that the house suffered sporadic damage, including broken windows and wall tiles, and falling large ceilings.

The Ministry of Emergency Management of China said in an online statement that rescue and fire brigades in Qinghai and neighboring Gansu province have dispatched about 500 rescuers to the epicenter. Another 2,260 rescuers from neighboring provinces are on standby.

The Ministry of Earthquake and China Earthquake Administration sent a team to Qinghai to help investigate the situation and resettle the affected residents.