TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Shallow 5.9 quake kills 89 in rural China

Daily Photo Galleries

By USA Today
Monday, July 22, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
 

BEIJING – An earthquake rocked a rural, semi-arid area of northwestern China's Gansu province on Monday, killing at least 89 people and injuring hundreds.

The first and strongest of a series of tremors struck in the morning south of Dingxi, about 770 miles west of Beijing, toppling farmers' one-story homes and severing power lines. More than 1,200 homes were destroyed and thousands more damaged, provincial government spokesman Chang Zhengguo was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 5.9, at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles. Quakes closer to the surface can cause heavier damage.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant
  2. Rome, Pope greet Sudanese Christian
  3. Train with Ukraine plane crash bodies leaves rebel town
  4. Poland ordered to pay terror suspects $310K
  5. Aid groups driven from violent Myanmar region invited back
  6. Ukraine PM resigns amid coalition’s fall
  7. 116 die as jet goes down in storm in Mali
  8. Peace Corps volunteers pulled from Kenya
  9. Air Algerie flight ‘probably’ crashed in Mali in rough weather
  10. Solution to surge of illegal immigrants elusive, experts say
  11. German midwife suspected of attempted murders
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.