Earthquake in Gansu
At least 89 people were killed and almost 600 injured on July 22 when two earthquakes rocked one of China’s poorest regions in the northwest.
The earthquakes, of magnitude 5.9 and 5.6, struck near Dingxi, Gansu, a prefecture with about 3 million people. More than 21,000 buildings were damaged and 1,200 collapsed, according to an official at the provincial earthquake bureau. Dingxi’s economy is built on farming yams, apricots and walnuts; the average income is less than $1,800 per year and many of the affected houses were crudely built from mud brick and corrugated steel. More than 2,000 soldiers were quickly dispatched to the scene to mount a rescue operation. Source: Daily Telegraph, July 23, 2013.