(ORDO NEWS) — On Saturday, January 8, at 1:45 am local time, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit northwest China.
The seismic activity has occurred in Qinghai province, one of the least populated in the country with less than 6 million people. As a result of the earthquake, a fragment of the two-meter Great Wall of China collapsed.
According to the Global Times, the affected site belongs to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and is located in Gansu province, 114 kilometers from the epicenter of the tremors.
The territory was insured and the reconstruction of the ancient building has already begun. At the moment, it is impossible to get into the collapse zone.
In addition to the collapse of the wall, the earthquake destroyed stables and damaged more than 200 residential buildings. It was necessary to temporarily relocate 65 people.
Nine people were injured, eight of them were discharged the next day. There was no information about the victims.
The Great Wall, which is more than 2,300 years old, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is 21,000 kilometers long (about 6-7 meters high and 4-5 meters wide).
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