China quake affects 23,000 people
TOKYO: A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck southwest China’s Guizhou Province has affected 23,000 people, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday, citing local authorities.
According to the provincial civil affairs department, as of Tuesday, the number of people affected by the quake stood at 23,018.
The quake, which was Guizhou’s biggest in terms of magnitude since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, occurred Monday morning. At least four people were injured. More than 2,500 people have been relocated as over 1,500 buildings were damaged. In addition, 17 hospitals and four medical institutions were also wrecked by the quake. The quake caused direct economic losses of CNY 120 million (USD 19.5 million), according to the department.