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China earthquake 2010


More than two weeks after an earthquake struck the north-west China province of Qinghai, Red Cross continues to work with Chinese authorities providing relief and helping those people affected recover.

Red Cross Society of China and International Red Cross initially responded with relief supplies including tents, clothing and bedding to residents of Qinghai and Sichuan province, where the earthquake severely damaged or destroyed 85 per cent of houses leaving 100,000 homeless.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai and Sichuan provinces at 7.49 am local time on Wednesday 14 April 2010, just as people were preparing for the working day. Officials have confirmed 2192 people died and more than 12,000 people were injured.

Australian Red Cross has not launched an appeal at this stage.

Finding family and friends

Australians seeking information about Australians in China should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hotline on 1300 555 135.

Australians seeking information about non-Australian relatives in China should call Australian Red Cross state and territory offices and ask to be connected to the international tracing service:

ACT: (02) 6234 7600
Qld: (07) 3367 7222
NSW: (02) 9229 4266
NT: (08) 8924 3900
SA: (08) 8100 4500
Tas: (03) 6235 6077
Vic: (03) 8327 7883
WA: (08) 9225 1956

More information

Read stories from the China earthquake on the International Federation of the Red Cross website:

China: Red Cross Red Crescent respond to massive earthquake