How to clean an earthquake-prone gym floor
A gym in a central town in central China has been damaged by an earthquake, and some people are calling for a compulsory two-hour scrubbing of floor mats before going to bed.
The quake, which hit at 10:45am on Monday, shook the area around the Bauhin Gap in the southwestern province of Yunnan, which is home to a number of government-run schools.
The city of Bauhan Gap, in Yunnan’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is known for its sprawling, concrete-built schools and its vast and densely populated urban areas.
The ground shook in the village of Kuey-tung in the district of Hebei, but local officials said the quake did not have any impact on the nearby Hebeig River, which supplies water to the surrounding cities of Heilongjiang and Yunnan.
“It’s not very strong.
It was a weak earthquake.
There’s no damage to buildings,” said Liu Xingyu, a resident of the village who was awoken by the quake.
“We are in the dark so we don’t know if we’ll be able to get to bed in time.”
Residents of Kuta, a nearby village of about 100 people, said they had no idea what had happened until they heard reports from neighbours.
“We heard a huge noise, and there were no cars around, and we didn’t see any other buildings.
Then we saw the ground shaking.
I saw some rubble fall down, and when I looked out the window I saw houses collapsed,” said a resident surnamed Wang.”
I saw a lot of people on the ground and people lying on the floor.
The houses were falling down.
The windows were shaking.”
Another resident surnames Yang said: “We heard an explosion and the ground shook.
There were lots of people lying down.
It sounded like the ground was moving, and the houses were shaking.
We thought it was a plane or something.””
We have to leave the building and try to get out of here,” another resident surnaming Zhou said.
“People are terrified.
We don’t have time to get the gym cleaned before going out to bed.””
The building is not damaged, but the floor is very hot,” a local resident surname Huqiang added.
“If the floor gets too hot, the building will be damaged.
We are scared.”
The city government has launched an investigation into the quake and has ordered the evacuation of residents from the area.
The government said the tremors were felt in Heilongsi, a town of about 7,000 people in the Xinjiang province, but no reports had been received by authorities.
In the eastern province of Shandong, authorities said the area of the city of Tianshan, about 200km (124 miles) away, had been flattened and that at least three people had died.
“Tianshan has been devastated by the earthquake.
People in Tiansha have been evacuated and are now staying at nearby hotels,” the city government said in a statement.
“In the nearby area, people were able to flee to safety.
There are no casualties reported.”
Xinjiang has been experiencing a series of quakes since March, which triggered an economic boom in the region, but it is still struggling to recover from the aftermath of the massive 2011 earthquake in Sichuan, which killed at least 15,000.
The country has been grappling with its worst quake in almost two decades and its worst after a massive 2011 tsunami, which destroyed many coastal villages and killed hundreds of thousands of people.
In 2016, Xinjiang was hit by another major quake, triggering a huge fire that engulfed the entire region, and tens of thousands died.