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Death toll in China earthquake rises to 118, Taiwan wants to help

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The death toll from a powerful earthquake in northwest China has risen to 118. Apart from this, 220 people were reported injured. The number of casualties is expected to increase. The news agency Reuters reported this information in a report.

Meanwhile, the British media BBC reported that Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen expressed his condolences and condolences to the people of China after the powerful earthquake. He also offered help to China during this disaster.

A powerful earthquake hit China’s Gansu province late Monday night. According to USGS, the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.9 on the Richter scale and the depth was 10 km. However, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.1. Its origin is 102 km west-southwest of Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province, at a depth of 35 km below the surface.

Relations between China and Taiwan are not friendly. Although Taiwan claims to be an independent and sovereign state, China claims the territory as its own. There has been tension between the two countries for a long time. In the meantime, Taiwan offered assistance to China due to the earthquake.

Taiwan’s president’s office said they are willing to help China during this disaster.

Earthquakes and other natural disasters are frequent in Taiwan. Taiwan also sent rescue teams to Turkey after a devastating earthquake struck earlier this year.

Meanwhile, officials in China’s Gansu Province said that more than 5,000 houses were destroyed in last night’s earthquake. Many injured people have already been rescued from the rubble. The rescue workers are carrying out the rescue work in the severe winter in minus 13 degree Celsius temperature.

A captain of the Gansu Houtian Emergency Rescue Corps said several people had already been rescued. But the rescue operation is hampered by extreme cold temperatures. The rescue operation is also running out of time.

Such earthquakes are a common occurrence in China. In August this year, an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 struck the eastern part of the country. No one was killed but 23 people were injured. Several buildings collapsed.

Last September, more than 60 people died in an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

China lies on a tectonic plate where the Eurasian, Indian and Pacific plates meet. As a result, the tendency of earthquakes is high here.

Earlier in 1920, a powerful earthquake in Gansu killed more than 200,000 people. The earthquake was recorded as the world’s deadliest earthquake of the 20th century.


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