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Strong earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit Tibetan region of southwestern China

Nov 24, 2014 18:10 IST

Strong earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit Tibetan region of southwestern China on 22 November 2014. The epicenter of the earthquake was Tagong Township in Sichuan province.

The earthquake killed at least five people and affected nearly 80000 others. It injured more than 50 people and damaged around 25000 houses.

China launched an all-out rescue operation. A 35-member rescue team of armed police have been made to rescue the peoples. Besides, 6 military aircraft, 60 medical staff and nearly 1000 soldiers and militia participated in the rescue operation.

Sichuan, neighbouring the Tibet Autonomous Region, is a mountainous and quake-prone area. Seismic activity frequently affects Sichuan. A devastating earthquake that hit the province in 2008 left more than 87000 people dead or missing.

 

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