(TibetanReview.net, Nov24, 2014) – At least five people have died as of 3:30 PM Nov 23 in Kangding (Tibetan: Dartsedo) County of Karze (Ganzi) Prefecture, Sichuan Province, after the area was hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Nov 22, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Nov 23. Fifty-four people were injured, including six in critical condition but now out of danger and another five with severe injuries. Nineteen out of the 43 slightly injured were students of the Zuqing Primary School near the epicenter. They were victims of stampede.
The quake, which occurred at a depth of 18 kilometers, struck at 4:55 PM, with its epicenter being in Tagong Town, located 37 km from the county seat.
More than 79,500 people were affected and 25,000 houses damaged, with about 6,200 people having been relocated, the report said. Minor cracks were reported to have appeared in some airport buildings of the Kangding airport near the epicenter, but flights were not affected.
Kangding and the surrounding county have a population of 129,320 people, about 70 percent of them Tibetan, according to thehindu.com Nov 22.
Xinhua also said the sector of the G318 Highway in Linzhi (Tibetan: Nyingtri) County of Tibet Autonomous Region, which links TAR and Sichuan, had caved in after the quake. More than 100 vehicles were trapped on the highway.