75 killed, over 400 injured as strong earthquake hits China’s Gansu province


DINGXI: At least 75 persons were killed and more than 400 injured after a powerful and shallow earthquake struck near the city of Dingxi in China’s northwest Gansu province on Monday, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The earthquake, measuring 6.6 magnitude on the Richter scale, appears to have hit at 7:45am on Monday near the junction of Gansu’s Minxian and Zhangxian counties, reports Xinhua, at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles).

According to reports, a second quake measuring magnitude 5.6 struck at 9:12am in the same region.

A total of 405 tremors had been measured by Monday afternoon, six of them with a magnitude above 3.0, reports said.

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