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More than 110 dead in an earthquake in the northwest of the China

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The earthquake – measuring 5.9 magnitude, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) – caused significant damage. Houses collapsed in particular, forcing residents to flee into the streets, the state news agency Xinhua news agency said. (Archive photo)

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An earthquake caused at least 111 people died overnight in northwest China's Gansu province, where rescue teams were searching for survivors in the rubble, state media reported Tuesday.

The earthquake – measuring 5.9 magnitude, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) – caused significant damage. Houses collapsed in particular, pushing residents to flee into the streets, said the state agency New China.

The epicenter of the earthquake is located about 1,300 km southwest of Beijing.

At least a hundred people were killed and many others injured in Gansu province after the powerful earthquake, state broadcaster CCTV said, citing the provincial earthquake relief headquarters.

Eleven other people were also killed and around 100 injured in the city of Haidong, in neighboring Qinghai province, according to CCTV.

Rescue operations were underway Tuesday morning, with Chinese President Xi Jinping calling for all-out efforts in search and rescue operations.

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CCTV showed footage of emergency vehicles heading towards the crash site, flashing lights on, along snow-covered highways.

Aboard trucks, rescue workers dressed in jumpsuits stood shoulder to shoulder in the trucks, with other images showing them lined up in rows to receive instructions.

Other footage showed emergency personnel searching through debris by torchlight and unfolding orange stretchers for the injured.

Temperatures fell well below freezing in northern China, and footage from one of the worst-hit areas broadcast on CCTV showed residents warming themselves near a fire while emergency services #x27;emergency set up tents.

Videos posted on social networks show destroyed ceilings and rubble.

Water and electricity supplies were interrupted in some villages, according to the Chine Nouvelle agency.

The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers at 11:59 p.m. local time on Monday, according to the USGS, which downgraded the magnitude after initially announcing that ;it was 6.0.

According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred about a hundred kilometers southwest of Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, and was followed by several smaller aftershocks.

Earthquakes are relatively frequent in China.

In August, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in eastern China left 23 people injured and destroyed dozens of buildings.

In September 2022, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Sichuan province, which caused the death of 100 people.

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred in 2008 left more than 87,000 dead or missing , including 5,335 schoolchildren.

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