THE GREAT Wall of China, a legacy of the Ming Dynasty, which ruled from 1368 to 1644, collapsed due to an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale at a depth of 10 kilometers in Qinghai Province.
The two-meter-long Great Wall of Shandan County, Gansu Province collapsed during the earthquake, Chinese media reported Monday (1/10). The site of the collapse of the Great Wall was about 114-kilometers from the earthquake’s epicenter in Menyuan County, Qinghai Province.
After being hit by a severe shock, local authorities conducted an inspection of cultural heritage objects and secured the location of the ruins. Rescue efforts were carried out by carrying out restoration work.
Qinghai and Gansu are neighboring provinces in the northwestern region of mainland China. There were no deaths due to the earthquake that occurred on Saturday (1/08), but nine people were injured. The closest settlement to the earthquake’s epicenter is about 40 kilometers.
The most powerful earthquake in Qinghai Province occurred on April 14, 2010 with a magnitude of 7.1 which left 2,698 people dead and 270 others missing in Yushu Prefecture, which is inhabited by the ethnic Tibetan minority. More than 90% of the houses of local residents collapsed due to the earthquake at that time accompanied by several aftershocks. [antaranews/photo special]