April 14 residents of remote Yushu County, located on the Tibetan plateau, were awakened by an earthquake in 6, 9 points. In the sparsely populated villages and the larger town Gegu destroyed thousands of wooden and earthen buildings, and more durable buildings were partially damaged or completely destroyed. Rescue teams is difficult to reach remote areas, lying at an altitude of 3700 meters above sea level and the connection of several roads, most of which was destroyed by an earthquake. Chinese media have reported that the number of deaths has reached 1144 people. Rescuers continue to search for survivors, and left homeless residents are trying to recover what was left of their homes to shelter from the cold at night.
A rescuer searches for survivors amid the wreckage of a building destroyed by an earthquake in Yushu County, in northwestern Qinghai Province, April 16. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)
Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of buildings destroyed by the earthquake. (STR / AFP / Getty Images)
Rescuers carry the 13-year-old Tibetan girl trapped under the rubble of destroyed by an earthquake at more than 50 hours in Yushu on April 16. (REUTERS / Donald Chan)