China Launches Emergency Response To Earthquake

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Beijing: China on Thursday activated emergency response procedures following a 5.5-magnitude earthquake that jolted northwest China killing eight people and injuring 23 others.

The China Earthquake Administration activated level-III emergency response procedures in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. All departments concerned are on high alert and will continue to monitor for aftershocks and evaluate damage, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the China National Commission for Disaster Reduction have also initiated grade-IV emergency response measures and sent teams to assist relief work.

A grade-IV response, the lowest in China’s emergency response system, means a 24-hour alert, daily damage reports, and the allocation of money and relief materials within 48 hours.

Apart from sending a work team to assist relief, emergency funds of 100,000 yuan ($15,000) and supplies have been sent to the affected region where over 1,500 houses collapsed or were damaged.

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