Strong Quake in Western China Kills Dozens
The U.S. Geological Survey reported on its Web site that a magnitude 6.9 temblor struck an area in southern Qinghai, near Tibet, on Wednesday morning and was followed by three quakes in the same area.
The main quake sent residents fleeing as it toppled houses made of mud and wood, said Karsum Nyima, the Yushu county television station’s deputy head of news, speaking by phone with broadcaster CCTV.
”In a flash, the houses went down. It was a terrible earthquake,” he said. ”In a small park, there is a Buddhist tower and the top of the tower fell off.
”Everybody is out on the streets, standing in front of their houses, trying to find their family members,” he said, adding that school buildings had not collapsed but students had been evacuated and were assembled in outdoor playgrounds.
Xinhua is reporting that the quake measured 7.1.