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Earthquake in China

Frederick Opoku Kumi


December 18, 2023


Recently an Earthquake happened in china killing over 100 people and leaving 200 people injured and hurt. It happened in northwest china on a tuesday morning leaving the whole country of china devastated. It hit china gansu province ruining the landscape and a lot of buildings in that area of china which led the government to bring development rescue workers and fire department workers to help the residents that are living in gansu china escape from the the tragedy of the earthquake and be able to get shelter from the heaviness and magnitude of the earthquake. According to CNN,The United States geological survey findings showed that the magnitude of the earthquake was about 5.9 earthquake in that area and had a depth of just over 6 miles. This earthquake did not just cause environmental damage but it also caused economical damage leaving the area of gansu china with a lot of economical disadvantage. A lot of earthquakes have been happening in China lately and the statistics of statista shows that earthquakes have been increasing in number from 2012 to 2023. The strength of China's land is very weak and is prone to earthquakes a lot.

According to CNN (hyperlink), “The quake, which hit China’s Gansu Province late Monday evening, prompted the deployment of rescue workers, including officials from local emergency management and fire departments, according to Chinese state media Xinhua.The United States Geological Survey said earlier that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in the area had caused severe shaking, with extensive economic damage probable and likely widespread. Chinese authorities gave a slightly higher reading of 6.2-magnitude.The earthquake struck around 23 miles west northwest of Linxia Chengguanzhen with a shallow depth just over 6 miles, according to the USGS. The provincial capital of Lanzhou is about 60 miles away from the epicenter”. This means that the earthquake hit China Monday evening which basically led the government to bring a rescue team to save the public and to rebuild the place. Geographical surveys suggested that the earthquake was very strong in magnitude causing heavy shakings with bad economical damage. According to Chinese authorities they believe that the magnitude was much higher than the United States geographical surveys. It struck around 23 miles west of Linxia Chengguanzhen and with a shallow depth just over 6 miles according to USGS.

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