Severe Earthquakes Attacked Yushu, Qinghai Province
Severe earthquakes (7.1-magnitude at the strongest) attacked Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province in Northwest China, on the morning of April 14, 2010. According to reports, up till April 20, the earthquake has caused 2064 people dead, 12,135 injured and 175 missing.
Buildings and roads were seriously damaged, electricity and communications were broken off due to the earthquake. The whole nation is now putting great efforts on the earthquake relief.
The epicenter is more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Qinghai-Tibet Railway, so the railway was not damaged by the earthquake. Most tourist spots in Qinghai Province are concentrated around Qinghai's capital city – Xining, which is 830 kilometers (516 miles) from Yushu. Because Yushu is far away from main tourist spots in Qinghai Province and Tibet Autonomous Region, tours to these areas can proceed as planned.