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Red Cross Begins Response to Devastating Earthquake in China
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By Caitlin Cobb, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
April 14, 2010

On April 14 a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwest China’s Qinghai Province. It’s epicenter is

calculated to be about 500 miles away from the capitol of Qinghai Province. Eighteen aftershocks were recorded, the largest one measuring a magnitude of 6.3. More than 400 people are feared dead, and more than 10,000 injured. Ninety percent of the houses in Yushu county have been destroyed, and the number of people affected is expected to rise.

The Chinese government has initiated an emergency response. The Red Cross Society of China has also mobilized its provincial and national teams to provide relief supplies, medical support and disaster assessment.

The Red Cross Society of China has immediately released relief supplies from their regional warehouses. Based on initial assessments of the immediate needs, the Red Cross Society of China has launched a national appeal and is sending an assessment team to the affected area. Once

The American Red Cross has pledged an initial $50,000 to help families affected by the earthquake, and is prepared to offer more assistance as local responder assess the situation and if international assistance is requested.

You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance, and other support to help those in need.

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