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Strong quake hits China; 102 dead, more than 2200 injured


Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 strikes China’s Sichuan province

* More than 2,200 injured, 147 seriously

* Earthquake epicentre near Ya’an city

* Tremors felt in provincial capital, Chengdu

A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 102 people and injuring about 2,200 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

The earthquake occurred at 8.02 a.m. (0002 GMT) in Lushan county near Ya’an city and the epicentre had a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was felt by residents in neighbouring provinces and in the provincial capital of Chengdu, causing many people to rush out of buildings, according to accounts on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo microblogging service.

State television said 102 people had been confirmed dead with more than 2,200 injured, 147 of them seriously.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang said all efforts must be put into rescuing victims to limit the death toll.

Li arrived in Chengdu and was on his way to the disaster zone by helicopter, state media said.

“The current most urgent issue is grasping the first 24 hours since the quake’s occurrence, the golden time for saving lives,” Xinhua news agency quoted Li as saying.

Xinhua said 6,000 troops were heading to the area to help with rescue efforts. State television CCTV said only emergency vehicles were being allowed into Ya’an, though Chengdu airport had reopened.

Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan, where water and electricity were cut off. Pictures on Chinese news sites showed toppled buildings and people in bloodied bandages being treated in tents outside the hospital, which appeared only lightly damaged.

Rescuers in Lushan had pulled 32 survivors out of rubble, Xinhua said. In villages closest to the epicentre, almost all low rise houses and buildings had collapsed, according to footage broadcast on state television.

“We are very busy right now, there are about eight or nine injured people, the doctors are handling the cases,” said a doctor at a Ya’an hospital who gave her family name as Liu.

The hospital was seeing head and leg injuries, she added.


A resident in Chengdu, 140 km (85 miles) from Ya’an city, told Xinhua he was on the 13th floor of a building when he felt the quake. The building shook for about 20 seconds and he saw tiles fall from nearby buildings.

Ya’an is a city of 1.5 million people and is considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese tea culture. It is also the home to one of China’s main centres for protecting the giant panda.

“There are still shakes and tremors and our area is safe. The pandas are safe,” said a spokesman with Ya’an’s Bifengxia nature park, a tourism park that houses more than 100 pandas.

Shouts and screams were heard in the background while Reuters was on the telephone with the spokesman.

“There was just an aftershock, an aftershock, our office is safe,” he said.

Numerous aftershocks jolted the area, the largest of which was magnitude 5.1.

Sichuan is one of the four major natural-gas-producing provinces in China, and its output accounts for about 14 percent of the nation’s total.

Sinopec Group, Asia’s largest oil refiner, said its huge Puguang gas field was unaffected.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially put the magnitude at 7, but later revised it down.

The devastating May 2008 quake was 7.9 magnitude.

 – Reuters

6 Comments on "Strong quake hits China; 102 dead, more than 2200 injured"

  1. Arthur on Sat, 20th Apr 2013 12:33 pm 

    102 killed, very tragic indeed.

    Now quickly back to Boston, where a 19 year old medical student (i.e. people who see it as their calling to cure people or at least alleviate suffering), with a face of a timid poet and whose both parents claim that their sons were framed by secret services, unintentionally parallysed an entire city of 600k, during a working day, until he was found after an unprecedented man (boy) hunt of thousands of overweight policemen. I am amazed that he is still alive. During the Boston marathon there was an ‘anti-terrorism-drill’ going on (just like on 9/11 and 7/7), providing the pretext for tens of ‘security people’ carrying heavy backpacks…
    (scroll down picture with red/blue lines)

    …who could easily have placed the bomb and add another false flag event/deception/manipulation/staged event to a long list of Pearl Harbor, Oswald/Dallas, Tonkin, Liberty, Oklahoma, 1993/WTC, 9/11, ‘bin Laden murder’.

    I do not claim to know what really happened during the past few days, but I do know that there was new life breathed into the ‘terrorism meme’, that can and will be used by Washington for years to come. And I would not be surprised if the ‘security men’ were back in safety in Tel Aviv.

  2. BillT on Sat, 20th Apr 2013 12:54 pm 

    Arthur, you are correct. Another shot of fear had to be injected into the sheeple as some were coming out of their 9/11 comas. I still wonder why ‘they’ waited until all of the celebrities and main paparazzi were gone from the scene. If you want to make a statement, take out a few politicians and some of the MSM people and equipment. THAT would have made a better target than some family and friends waiting for the latecomers.

    But then, no one of real importance was killed on 9/11 either.

  3. Arthur on Sat, 20th Apr 2013 1:15 pm 

    “But then, no one of real importance was killed on 9/11 either.”

    Larry Silverstein and his two children used to have breakfast every morning in the ‘Windows on the World’ restaurant 106/107 floor north tower.

    But not on 9/11. Dentist.
    Lucky Larry.
    Lucky children.

    Silverstein, who had bought WTC 6 weeks before, against a down-payment of a few millions, had his newly acquired complex immediately insured against ‘terrorist attacks’ and made billions as a consequence. It was a public secret that the buildings had to be demolished anyway because of the asbestos. Better let some German insurance company pay for the mess, serves them well, these nazis from Europe.

    Are we smart or what? An for the price of a few man-year of preparation we get hundreds of thousands of american manyear in return, doing dirty clean break work in the Arabian desert. Now that’s multiplying allright.

    Henry Ford was right.

  4. DC on Sat, 20th Apr 2013 6:40 pm 

    No one, or anything of any importance(to the 1% that is) were killed or damaged during the Boston incident either. Except for the 8 yr old ‘little leaguer and that lady with heart of gold.

    And, back on topic, unless that quake released previously unexploited oil ‘reserves’, why is it in news section at all here? Not that being informed is a bad thing, but I dont see why its here. Unless you invoke “Its a slow news day” here at

  5. Arthur on Sat, 20th Apr 2013 11:02 pm 

    “why is it in news section at all here?”
    Maybe to provoke free style comments in the aftermath of Boston?

    The story is one big fake. Time for regime change in Washington.

  6. luap on Mon, 22nd Apr 2013 10:52 am 

    What has this story got to do with PO

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