Quake in China: Very Serious 22 July 2013

Today at  7.45 on Monday morning (2345 GMT Sunday) earthquake hit Minxian and Zhangxian counties, about 170 km (105 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Lanzhou.

The Magnitude of the quake was 6.6 and is considered very serious. It put the number of people seriously injured at 296. Death toll rises to 75 so far.

Eight towns in the remote, mountainous area sustained serious damage in the quake and subsequent flooding and mudslides, state media said. There were also power outages, while cell phone and Internet coverage was disrupted, residents and state media reported. The Red Cross Society of China said it had sent relief supplies to the affected areas, including jackets and tents.

"Many have been injured by collapsed houses," said a Minxian county doctor surnamed Du. "Many villagers have gone to local hospitals along the roads."

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