China: Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0209
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
China - Earthquake

1. The US Geological Survey this morning reported that an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale, with a shallow depth of 10 kms, occurred in a highly populated region of southeastern China on 26 November at 00:49 UTC (08:49 AM local time). The epicenter was near the Hubei-Jiangxi provincial border, at 25 km WSW of Jiujiang in Jiangxi province, 100 km SE of Wuhan in Hubei province. China's National Seismic Observation Network later reported that the earthquake measured 5.7 on the Richter scale.

2. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the earthquake has killed 13 persons and wounded 80,000. So far 18,000 houses have collapsed and 15,000 houses have been damaged. The Ministry has sent a team of emergency managers to the affected areas this afternoon and secured 1,000 winter tents.

3. So far, no request for international assistance from the Government has been received.

4. OCHA is in close contact with the Chinese earthquake administration and the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in China and will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

Map: China: Earthquake - Situation map

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