Earthquake in Jiangxi Causes 14 Deaths and 370 Injuries

November 30, 2005 Updated: November 30, 2005

An earthquake in Jiujiang and Ruichang in Jiangxi Province, China, caused 14 deaths and more than 370 injuries.

According to, the Chinese government&#039s official news outlet, an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 occurred between the counties of Jiujiang and Ruichang, in Jiangxi Province at 8:49 a.m., Nov. 26. Two aftershocks occurred around 9:10. People in Jiujiang city and Nanchang city reportedly felt the quakes.

As of 11:55 p.m. Nov. 26, in Jiujiang County, six people had died, 247 people had been reported injured, more than 8,000 houses collapsed, and more than 29,000 houses were reported damaged. The serious disaster areas are among the cities of Chengzi, Xintang, Minshan and Gangkou. Ruichang city reported six deaths, with more than 130 injured. More than 500 houses collapsed and more than 100,000 houses were reported damaged. More than 420,000 people reportedly left their homes. The serious disaster areas are in the city suburbs.

The quake was reportedly felt in Jingde Town, Xinyu, Yichun, Yingtan, Shangrao in Jiangxi Province, Wuhan, Huangshi, Huanggang in the eastern Hubei Province, Hangzhou in the northeast of Zhejiang Province, the southern areas of Anhui Province, and the northeastern part of Hunan Province.