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A 6.6-7.0 magnitude earthquake has occured at about 8am local time in Sichuan. Live Updates on this page.
The death toll is now 157
6000 people are now reported as injured
Of the many injured, 5,427 came from Ya’an. One person was even killed in the Shaanxi province (Province of Xi’an). Even more surprised about some fatalities as far as a couple of hundred km from the epicenter. As we do not know the exact reason of their deth, it may also have been secondary reason like heart attacks etc.
It is impossible to tell the individual stories of all earthquake victims here. But we think this one is the best example to show the crualty of this fatal quake:A seven year old child was rescued freom his collapsed home. He layed 9 hours in the arms of his killed mother. She protect the life of this boy with her body and had to die for it, while her son survived the quake without physical injuries.
Number of casualities in Chengdu is also rising. 6 people were killed and 188 more injured in this town. So far, most of the casualities (57) comung from Lushan, one of the towns very close to the epicenter.There are reports of 200 people in a small village trapped by a landslide blocking a road.
Number of fatalities rises to 124.
Overview of earthquake fatalities (total so far: 113) by town:
Lushan : 57Baoxing : 6Chengdu : 4Tianquan : 3Xinjin : 1Hongya : 1Luding : 1Deyang : 1unknown: 39
113 people are confirmed dead. Meanwhile, it is estimated, that 90% of all houses in Ya’an area collapsed due to the earthquake.
Chengdu, the largest town of Sichuan with approx. 10 mio inhabitants, is 100 northeast of the epicenter. 4 people were killed and 125 more were injured there by the quake.
The good news: A man in Ya’an was found under the debrisof a collapsed house. He was unconscious but obviously alive.
A rumor in the internet currently scares people in Sichuan. It says Chengdu will be hit by an M 9.3 earthquake in the coming days. Of course this rumor is without any scientific evidence. We are shocked that some people use this terrible situation for a message like this. All we can say is, earthquakes are not predictable, neither by scientist, nor by “normal” people. So don’t believe something like this!
According to new reports, more than 3000 people were injured by the quake. Death toll is still at 102.
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