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Saturday, April 17, 2010

2010 China Yushu earthquake 玉树地震

The 2010 Yushu (玉树藏族自治州, 中国青海省下辖的一个自治州) earthquake struck on April 14, 2010, and registered a magnitude of 7.1. It originated in Yushu, Qinghai province on Tibetan plateau, China, at 7:49 am local time. According to the Xinhua News Agency, more than 1,484 people have been confirmed dead, 312 missing, and 12,088 injured of which 1,394 are severely injured. The epicenter was located in Rima village (日玛村/日麻村), Upper Laxiu township (上拉秀乡) of Yushu County, in remote and rugged terrain, near the border of Tibet Autonomous Region. The epicenter is about 30 km from Gyegu town, the seat of Yushu County, and about 240 km from Qamdo. The epicenter was in a sparsely populated area on the Tibetan plateau that is regularly hit by earthquakes.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao urged all-out efforts to help rescue those affected by the earthquake and Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has been sent to the region. Many countries and organizations around the world sent condolences and pledged assistance if necessary. Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Yushu on April 15 to lead rescue work, and postponed his trip to southeast Asia.

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