At least 86 killed after earthquake in northwest China

At least 86 people have been killed after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck China’s northwest province of Shaanxi on Monday afternoon.

Over 500 people, including 510 from Shaanxi and another six from Beijing, were injured in the quake, according to the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The epicenter of the quake was located in the Guyuan District of Yan’an City in Shaanxi, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The quake has killed at least 86 people and left 510 injured, according to a statement from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday night.

Premier Li said that in the face of the earthquake disaster, the Chinese government is sending a working team of relief and disaster relief experts to immediately carry out disaster assessment and rescue and relief work in the affected area.

The China Earthquake Administration asked the public to report damaged buildings and seismic events, and stay away from debris and collapsed buildings.

The quake has caused extensive damage in Yan’an, including hot houses, schools, hotels and shops being flattened by the tremors.

The Chinese Premier also called on local residents to be vigilant and abide by the local government’s instructions while asking citizens to take caution and not spread rumors.