China Struck by 7.1 Earthquake, 400 Reported Killed

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At 7:49 a.m. on April 14, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, located in the Qinghai Province of northwestern China, was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, followed by multiple aftershocks, killing 400 people and injuring at least 8,000. Sing Tao reports that the number of dead is expected to rise. Communications were down and no information was available for three districts of the region. The town of Jiegu is one of the most affected areas, with 90 percent of its housing destroyed and many people believed to be trapped in the rubble. According to a correspondent in Qinghai, injured people were everywhere, and the region is experiencing a severe shortage of medicine and medical personnel.

The Chinese government has initiated an emergency relief protocol and has sent out rescue teams to the affected areas. A medical team from the Sichuan province has arrived with more than 10 cars of resources.