At least 116 people have been killed and about 400 injured in an earthquake in China’s north-west Gansu and Qinghai provinces, state media has reported.

Iran PressAsia: At least 116 were killed in a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in northwest China's Gansu and Qinghai provinces, state media reported. Global Times reported that 105 died in the province of Gansu and another 11 in neighboring Qinghai province in the earthquake, which occurred late on Monday night.

It stands as China's deadliest earthquake in terms of casualties since the devastating 2010 quake in Yushu, Qinghai Province, and ranks as the second-largest in magnitude.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the earthquake late on Monday local time measured magnitude 6.1.


On Tuesday, local authorities said 105 people had been killed and 186 were injured in Gansu Province, with over 4700 houses damaged. 

The quake struck in Gansu's Jishishan county, about 5 kilometers from the provincial boundary with Qinghai.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered all-out rescue efforts to minimize casualties after the earthquake. 219