The Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia is praying for the victims of the earthquake that killed 125 people in Ya’an City (Sichuan Province) and left 3,000 injured and 10,000 homeless.
We pray so that God give rest to the souls of the departed. We pray for healing for those injured and comfort for those who have lost loved ones.
From South China Morning Post:
April 20: A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 124 people and injuring more than 3,000 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.
The shallow quake struck near Lushan county in the city of Ya’an on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau just after 8am setting off landslides, destroying homes and triggering a major rescue operation.Seven hours after the quake struck, the death toll stood at 78, CCTV News said, citing the China Earthquake Administration.
Lushan authorities’ estimates of the injured ranged from 1,000 to 2,200, while the provincial government said more than 10,000 homes were destroyed.
Local seismologists registered the quake at magnitude 7.0 while the US Geological Survey gave it as 6.6 at a depth of 12km. More than 260 aftershocks followed, the People’s Daily said on its website.
Earthquakes frequently strike the country’s southwest. In April 2010, a 6.9 magnitude quake killed about 2,700 people and injured 12,000 in a remote area of Qinghai province bordering the northwest of Sichuan.