Northwest China earthquake knocks down section of Great Wall

Northwest China earthquake knocks down section of Great Wall

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A two-meter section of the Great Wall of China collapsed as a consequence of 6.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the northwest of the country last Saturday, reported official media.

The collapsed section dates from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and is located in the province of Gansu, 114 kilometers from the place where the epicenter of the earthquake was located, according to the state newspaper Global Times.

The area has been provisionally secured and already reconstruction and restoration work has begun, add the medium.

The trembling that collapsed a portion of China’s most iconic monument it occurred last Saturday at 01:45 local time in an area of ​​”sparse population” in the remote province of Qinghai, which with just under 6 million inhabitants is one of the least populated in the country.

Apart from the collapse of the wall, collapse of stables and damage to more than 200 homes, the earthquake did not cause significant material losses or fatalities.

A total of nine people were injured, of which eight had already been discharged the following day, and another 65 were temporarily relocated.

The big Wall, UNESCO world heritage since 1987It is made up of what were originally numerous unconnected sections built by small states to defend themselves against invasions from the north.

It was the self-proclaimed first emperor of China, Qin Shi (221-210 BC) who decided to unite them, connecting a stretch of thousands of kilometers that prevented the Mongol hordes of horse archers from easy access to the empire.

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