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20 Oct 1989 description


UNDRO 89/2171
CHINA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
20 OCTOBER 1989

1. AT NIGHT OF 18 OCTOBER LOCAL TIME, EARTHQUAKE MESURING 6.1 ON RICHTER SCALE OCCURRED IN THE AREA OF JUNCTION OF HEBEI, SHANXI PROVINCES AND INNER MONGOLIA AUTONOMOUS REGION 220 KM NORTHWEST OF BEIJING. FOUR TREMORS OVER 5 ON RICHTER SCALE RECORDED TOWARDS NEXT MORNING.

2. ACCORDING TO VERBAL INFORMATION FROM MINISTRY OF CIVIL AFFAIRS, PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE AS FOLLOWS:

- 15 DEAD, 140 INJURED, 50,000 PEOPLE MADE HOMELESS

- 11,000 HOUSES COLLAPSED