Earthquake in eastern China knocks down houses and injures at least 10, but no deaths reported

by Andrew Wright

An earthquake struck eastern China in the early hours of Sunday, causing damage to houses and injuring at least 10 individuals, as reported by state media. Fortunately, there were no reported fatalities. The quake, measured at magnitude 5.5 by the China Earthquake Networks Center (or 5.4 according to the U.S. Geological Survey), originated near the city of Dezhou, approximately 300 kilometers (185 miles) south of Beijing.

The impact of the earthquake resulted in 74 houses collapsing, and 10 people sustaining injuries, as mentioned by China Central Television and other news sources. Images on social media revealed fallen bricks from cracked walls, while local residents were shown sitting on sidewalks in the dark of the early morning after fleeing their homes.

In the aftermath of the quake, authorities were inspecting train lines for potential damage, and gas service was temporarily shut off in certain areas due to pipe damage. The quake’s epicenter was estimated to be about 10 kilometers (six miles) beneath the surface, contributing to its intensity.

Despite the scale of the disaster, it is noteworthy that the affected region, including Dezhou and its surrounding areas, is home to approximately 5.6 million people, according to the city government website.

Abreu Paris, a geophysicist from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, explained that earthquakes closer to the surface tend to be more strongly felt by individuals.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about earthquake

Q: What was the magnitude and location of the earthquake in eastern China?

A: The earthquake in eastern China had a magnitude of 5.5 according to the China Earthquake Networks Center, while the U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 5.4. It occurred near the city of Dezhou, approximately 300 kilometers south of Beijing.

Q: Were there any reported deaths from the earthquake?

A: Fortunately, there were no reported deaths from the earthquake. However, at least 10 people were injured, and 74 houses collapsed as a result of the quake.

Q: How did the earthquake impact the region of Dezhou and its surroundings?

A: The earthquake caused significant damage to the region, with 74 houses collapsing and several people sustaining injuries. Gas service was shut off in certain areas due to pipe damage, and train lines were inspected for possible structural issues.

Q: What time did the earthquake occur, and what actions were taken by the residents?

A: The earthquake struck at 2:33 a.m. local time before dawn. After the quake, Dezhou residents ran outdoors, seeking safety on sidewalks in the predawn darkness.

Q: How deep was the earthquake’s epicenter, and what does it indicate about its impact?

A: The earthquake’s epicenter was estimated to be about 10 kilometers below the surface. The closer the earthquake’s epicenter is to the surface, the stronger its impact is likely to be felt by individuals in the affected area.

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SaraG August 6, 2023 - 8:03 pm

oh man, dat earthquake sound scary! Glad no deathz tho. 10 ppl injured, houses collapsed, gas gone, trane lines checked. Nature can be wild, ya know?

JohnDoe84 August 7, 2023 - 12:08 am

omg china earthquake 5.5! 10 hurt, but no deaths, phew! Houses down, gas off, trane lines checked. Crazy stuff happenin’ in Dezhou.


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