A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Northwest China early on April 14. Amity Foundation, our on-the-ground partner through Global Ministries, Church World Service, and ACT International, reports the quake struck Yushu County at 7:49 a.m. with a depth of about 33 km. The epicenter was only 30 km away from the downtown area of Yushu County of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. And there have been many aftershocks. A multitude of schools and homes have collapsed. The initial death toll is reported to be 400, with over 10,000 injured.
The China Earthquake Administration has initiated Grade II emergency response and dispatched rescue teams to the affected area.
An Amity emergency assessment team is preparing to travel and will reach the Yushu area tomorrow morning. There, they will be met by Qinghai Science and Technology Association, Amity's local partner in the area, and travel nonstop to the quake-hit area. The group will put up tents and carry out needs-based assessment.
Amity has begun preparing a preliminary appeal proposal which will be submitted to the ACT Secretariat within the next few days.
A Week of Compassion Response Fund grant has already been wired to Global Ministries for the Amity Foundation. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so online or send a check to WoC, PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Thank you.