Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. 24/7 Space News .




SHAKE AND BLOW
Rescuers battle to find China quake survivors
by Staff Writers
Meichuan, China (AFP) July 23, 2013


Rescuers battled through dusty rubble Tuesday to try to reach victims of two shallow earthquakes in China that killed at least 92 people, as traumatised survivors struggled with the devastation left behind.

State broadcaster CCTV showed images of soldiers digging through earth and sand to reach simple houses buried under landslides in the northwestern province of Gansu.

Seriously injured patients wrapped in blankets were put into helicopters heading to the provincial capital Lanzhou, which has the nearest major hospital.

The twin earthquakes that struck on Monday morning had magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.6 according to the US Geological Survey, but were only 10 kilometres (six miles) deep, so that much of the energy released was transmitted to the surface, where it wreaked havoc.

The city government of Dingxi, which includes the worst-affected counties, said on its verified social media account that 92 people had been killed, with hundreds more injured.

In Meichuan, where officials said 61 people had been confirmed dead, Bo Yonghu, 25, stared solemnly at the remains of her family's mud and stone home.

The back wall had been caved in by boulders crashing down the hillside behind.

"I thought it was going to be completely swallowed by the mountain," she told AFP. "I will not be entering the house again. Not ever."

She, her parents, brother and sister had one bed to sleep on in their courtyard, under plastic sheeting nailed to four poles.

Neighbour Yang Su Xiao, 18, the only family member at home when the earthquake struck, immediately ran outside and turned to see her bedroom reduced to rubble.

"I know I had a lucky escape," she said. "I am glad we are all not injured, but we don't know how we are going to repair the damage."

Elsewhere in the township, the China Daily said one family had lost three children. "How can I live on after two of my grandsons and one granddaughter passed away?" it quoted Zhu Xueqiao as saying.

"Four of my family's five houses were brought down in last year's mudslide, and now the quake has killed my grandchildren. I almost want to go with them," she said.

Roads in the area were peppered with large boulders fallen from the surrounding mountains, and relief workers used shovels to clear a large landslide.

Initial investigations showed at least 5,785 houses had collapsed and another 73,000 were severely damaged, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

Around 6,000 rescuers, among them armed police, firefighters, militiamen and local government staff had been sent to the region, it added.

Hundreds of aftershocks were recorded in the disaster zone, an area of dusty, jagged mountains.

CCTV showed makeshift tent relief centres being set up, with water, instant noodles and blankets being handed out.

Throughout the night, scores of rescue vehicles headed south from Lanzhou to the quake area.

Many rescue workers had travelled from across the country and refused to rest during the night as they raced to find survivors.

"We know the road is more dangerous when it is dark, but we cannot waste a second," said a relief worker who had flown from Beijing with 12 volunteers.

His group joined convoys of army vehicles and ambulances on the highway to Min county, which includes Meichuan.

Any storms could hamper the rescue efforts, bringing with them the threat of further landslides.

Beijing's own China Earthquake Networks Centre put the magnitude of the larger quake at 6.6.

The China Earthquake Administration said the same fault zone was linked to a magnitude 8.0 quake on July 21, 1654, Xinhua reported.

The USGS rated Monday's main tremor at seven on its "shakemap", with shaking perceived to be "very strong".

Much of western China is prone to earthquakes. Around 230,000 people were killed in a magnitude 8.5 tremor in Gansu in 1920.

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in neighbouring Sichuan province killed about 200 people earlier this year, five years after almost 90,000 people were killed by a huge tremor in the same province.

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SHAKE AND BLOW
At least 89 dead in China earthquakes: state media
Lanzhou, China (AFP) July 22, 2013
Rescuers battled through landslides and clogged roads in a bid to reach victims of twin earthquakes in northwest China Monday which killed 89 people, injured almost 600 and damaged more than 20,000 buildings. The tremors in Gansu province - with magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.6 - triggered landslides which buried often crudely constructed local houses, government-run broadcaster CCTV reported. ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
First-ever lunar south pole mission could be attempted by 2016

Engine recovered from Atlantic confirmed as Apollo 11 unit

Soviet Moon rover moved farther than thought

Scientist says Earth may once have been orbited by two moons

SHAKE AND BLOW
Ancient snowfall likely carved Martian valleys

Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere's Past

MAVEN Spectrometer Opens Window to Red Planet's Past

Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving

SHAKE AND BLOW
Boeing CST-100 Spacecraft Model Passes Water-Recovery Tests

NASA announces funding for far-out space research

The Zero Gravity Coffee Cup

Outside View: Future science fiction

SHAKE AND BLOW
China launches three experimental satellites

Medical quarantine over for Shenzhou-10 astronauts

China's astronauts ready for longer missions

Chinese probe reaches record height in space travel

SHAKE AND BLOW
NASA launches new probe of spacesuit failure

Space Station ARISS Software Upgraded by Student For Students

Astronaut's helmet leak forces abrupt end to spacewalk

NASA puzzled as astronaut's helmet leak halts spacewalk

SHAKE AND BLOW
Both payloads for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 flight are now mated to the launcher

SpaceX Testing Complete at NASA Glenn's Renovated Facility

Alphasat stacks up

ESA Signs Off On Baseline Configuration Of Ariane 6

SHAKE AND BLOW
Snow falling around infant solar system

'Water-Trapped' Worlds

A snow line in an infant solar system: Astronomers take first images

In the Zone: The Search For Habitable Planets

SHAKE AND BLOW
Magnets make droplets dance

Delayed Shield game gadget to hit market on July 31

World's cheapest computer gets millions tinkering

Thyroid cancer risk for 2,000 Fukushima workers: TEPCO




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement