Earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, killing about 400 people Wednesday at the High plains of Tibet, southwestern China and injured more than 10,000 people, and houses, schools and offices collapsed. Earthquake aftershocks damaged house in the Yushu area, ethnic Tibetans. "I saw injured people everywhere. The biggest problem now is that we lack the marquee, our lack of medical equipment, medicines and medical workers," said Zhuohuaxia, a local spokesman told Xinhua.
Sent troops to the area and aid from private organizations have been dispatched from the provincial capital, Xining. "The people very scared," said Pierre Deve, from Snowland Service Group, a non-governmental organizations, adding that many despair of those still trapped. Tibetan Plateau is often hit by earthquakes, but the victim is usually less because not many people live in the area. Many residents in remote areas without shelter in near freezing temperatures in Yushu and even colder in the mountain villages.
Government officials told the state media most of the houses were completely destroyed. The photos show larger buildings remain intact, with the ruins around him. The Japanese government offered emergency aid, the Japanese government spokesman said Hirofumi Hirano. The earthquake caused a number of schools and part of a government office collapsed. A number of skills of school students and primary school students trapped in the rubble, he said, although residents said most students can escape to the playground.
Residents of the Yushu area highway department is trying to dig up the rubble to search for their families who are trapped in a building that collapsed, officials said Ji Guodong department. "The houses were built using bricks and strong, but if the buildings can collapse injures many people in it," said Zhuo De after contacting his family in Yushu. Quake's epicenter was located in the mountains which separate the Qinghai province of Tibet Autonomous Region.
In the foothills south and east of the area is home to the shepherd and the local Tibetan monastery Yusu, while to the north and west of the area is dry and desolate. The quake was centered about 240km north west of Qamdo in Tebet and 375 km south southeast of the city of Golmud in Qihai with a depth of 10km, the United States Geological Agency said. One earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale struck the same area Tuesday night, and aftershocks and earthquake that struck Wednesday morning, a magnitude 6.9 on the Richter scale and caused frightened residents running into the streets.