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Earthquake Strikes China

April 14, 2010—At least 400 people have died and 8,000 were injured when an earthquake struck western Qinghai Province in China at 7:49 a.m. local time. The casualty toll is expected to rise.

According to news reports, the quake measured 7.1 by the China Earthquake Administration and 6.9 by the US Geological Survey, and struck remote and mountainous Yushu County.

At least 80 percent of homes in the area, made mainly of mud and wood, collapsed, and many people remain trapped in the rubble. Local officials feared residents could be left without shelter amid freezing temperatures, it was reported.

An estimated 80,000 people, mainly ethnic Tibetans who live by farming and herding, inhabit Yushu county.

UMCOR is working with our partners in China to attain more information and assess casualties and damages. Please give to International Disaster Response, China Earthquake, UMCOR Advance #982450 to help the earthquake survivors. Online Giving