After a 6.9-magnitude earthquake slammed the area of China’s Qinghai region, around 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 8. In Gansu, a nearby province, the quake’s vibrations pulled down a part of the Great Wall built during the Ming Dynasty of Imperial China (1368-1644).
On Jan. 10, the Global Times stated that after a significant earthquake, officials launched an inspection of local cultural monuments and located the collapsed portion of the Great Wall.
According to state media, “A primary protection has been installed, and the repair and restoration work is currently underway.”
The earthquake occurred in a sparsely populated rural area of northern China, but nearby towns reported feeling the tremors on Saturday night as well.
The Global Times reported that no one was killed in the rumble, but nine people were hurt, eight of whom were hospitalized and one of whom is still being monitored.
China’s Earthquake Networks Center stated that the quakes were “originating from a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).” More than 4,000 dwellings in Qinghai province and 4,830 in Gansu’s Zhangye city were damaged by the earthquake, according to a Jan. 10 article by the South China Morning Post.
Locals who evacuated are reportedly sleeping in tents, waiting for any help.