A section of the Great Wall collapses after an earthquake in northwest China

A section of of the meters of the Great Wall of China collapsed as a result of the earthquake in 6.9 degrees on the open Richter scale that shook the northwest of the country last Saturday, official media reported on Tuesday.

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

The area has been provisionally secured and andreconstruction work has begun and restore, add the medium.

The earthquake that collapsed a portion of China’s most iconic monument occurred last Saturday at 01:45 local time (17:45 GMT on Friday) in uan area of ​​”sparse population” from the remote province of Qinghai, which with just under 6 million inhabitants is one of the least populated in the country.

Nine wounded

Apart from the collapse of the wall, the 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 next day, and 65 others were temporarily relocated.

The Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, is made up of what were originally numerous disconnected sections built by small states to defend 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 which prevented the Mongol hordes of horse archers from easy access to the empire.

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