China was struck by its most devastating earthquake in over a decade, claiming the lives of at least 127 individuals and causing injuries to around 700. The 6.2-magnitude earthquake occurred at 11:59 pm local time on Monday, catching residents in northwestern Gansu and neighboring Qinghai provinces off guard as they were either sleeping or preparing for sleep, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre.
The aftermath of the seismic activity included widespread destruction, with thousands of homes damaged, power supply disrupted, and critical infrastructure compromised. Subsequent to the initial earthquake, a second 5.5 magnitude quake occurred in the neighboring Xinjiang region.
The disaster triggered landslides, leading to the collapse of houses, roads, and other structures. Communication networks, electricity, and water lines were severed, exacerbating the challenges faced by rescue teams scrambling to reach survivors amidst freezing weather conditions.
As the region grapples with the aftermath, rescue workers and survivors are confronting the daunting task of a second night under sub-zero temperatures. The efforts to locate missing individuals and extract survivors from the rubble continued into the evening, emphasizing the urgent need for assistance and relief in the affected areas.