Part of the Great Wall of China collapsed due to earthquake

10 January 2022, 14:25 | Peace
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Part of the Great Wall of China during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) collapsed after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in China that occurred a day ago in the northwestern province of Qinghai at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the Global Times..

Two meters of the Great Wall collapsed in Shandan County in northwestern China's Gansu Province, 114 kilometers from the epicenter in Menyuan County in Qinghai.

After a strong seismic shock, the authorities organized an inspection of local cultural relics and found the site of the collapse. Primary protection has been installed, repair and restoration work is underway.

The earthquake struck in a sparsely populated area, but the tremors were felt by several large cities. No fatalities were reported, but nine people were injured, of whom eight were discharged from the hospital and one is still under surveillance..

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The nearest residential area is 40 kilometers from the epicenter, which is located in an earthquake-prone zone, and “the locals are used to tremors,” local experts say..

In the course of the fight against poverty, the houses of the residents of this area were modernized to be earthquake-resistant, which also contributed to a decrease in the number of victims of an earthquake of this magnitude..

On April 14, 2010, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu in Qinghai, resulting in 2,698 deaths and 270 missing. More than 90 percent of local houses were destroyed by an earthquake and several strong aftershocks.

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