China: Earthquake - Aug 2003
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- USGS: M=5.4 Eastern Nei Mongol, China Preliminary Earthquake Report. 16 Aug 2003
- IFRC: East Asia region Appeal no. 01.69/2003 Programme Update No. 2. 17 Dec 2003
- Oxfam: China: Inner Mongolia earthquake. 4 Sep 2003
- UN GA: General Assembly reviews work of Economic and Social Council, begins debate on strengthening United Nations humanitarian assistance. 20 Oct 2003
- ReliefWeb: China: Earthquake - Situation Map. 19 Aug 2003
Appeal target: CHF 762,888 (USD 524,000 or EUR 517,000)
Fifty-eighth General Assembly
37th Meeting (AM)
The progress made over the last year to revitalize the activities of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), particularly with regard to implementing the outcomes of major international conferences, was highlighted this morning, as the General Assembly considered the report of that body.
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale hit Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on 16 Aug 2003. Considered the worst earthquake to strike Inner Mongolia in 700 years, it has caused at least 4 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries. More than 50,000 houses have collapsed, and over 80,000 houses have been seriously damaged. In addition, more than 15,000 students have had to leave school due to the disaster.
This year, many natural disasters have struck China: earthquakes in Xinjiang, Yunnan and Inner Mongolia, as well as floods in Guizhou, Anhui and Gansu.
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BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- The death toll from Saturday's earthquake in north China's Inner Mongolia rose to three on Sunday,with about 1,000 injured, civil officials said.
Officials with the Ministry of Civil Affairs said the quake caused 1.38 billion yuan (168 million US dollars) in direct economic losses.
More than 600,000 people were affected, 7,912 houses collapsed and 83,100 more were damaged, said the officials.
By Brian Rhoads
BEIJING, (Reuters) - An earthquake hit China's northern region of Inner Mongolia, toppling more than 7,900 homes, killing three people and injuring 1,000, officials said on Sunday.
The quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit at 6:58 p.m.
Saturday, August 16, 2003 at 10:58:42 (UTC) - Coordinated Universal Time
Saturday, August 16, 2003 at 06:58:42 PM local time at epicenter
Location: 43.81N 119.57E
Depth: 24.4 kilometers
Region: EASTERN NEI MONGOL, CHINA
175 km (110 miles) NNE of Chifeng, Nei Mongol, China
215 km (135 miles) W of Tongliao, Nei Mongol, China
255 km (160 miles) NW of Fuxin, Liaoning, China
505 km (315 miles) NNE of BEIJING, Beijing, China