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Landslide in China on Sunday, 27 November, 2011

Seven people have gone missing after a landslide triggered by their illegal mining activities for rare earth metals in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, local authorities said Sunday. The landslide took place at about 3:30 pm Saturday near a village in Cangwu county, a county government spokesman said. A suspect who had been detained by police for involvement in the illegal mining activities confessed that seven people were buried, the spokesman said. Local government has dispatched rescuers to search the missing people, he added. Rare earth metals are vital ingredients for manufacturing an array of sophisticated products, including cell phones, wind turbines, electric car batteries and missiles. China now produces more than 90 percent of the world’s rare earth metals but its rare earth reserves only account for about one-third of the world’s total. The country has suspended the issuance of new licenses for rare earth prospecting and mining, imposed production caps and export quotas, and announced tougher environmental standards for rare earth production in order to control environmental damage and protect the resources. Despite government control, illegal production remains active, seeking profits from surging rare earth prices.

EDITORS NOTE : China has also experienced moderate to life threatening earthquakes which could also be contributing to landslides!


Chinese offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Ltd. says it has suspended operation of an oil platform after finding a leak in one of its oil fields in the Bohai Bay. It is the latest in a series of offshore spills in the Bohai Bay that have raised an outcry among fishermen and environmentalists. CNOOC said in a statement on its website Saturday that an oil slick was discovered Friday near the Jinzhou 9-3 West oil field. It says investigations show that a ship doing construction work damaged an oil pipeline at the bottom of the sea. CNOOC estimated that about 0.38 cubic meters (13.4 cubic feet) of oil was leaked. It says the platform shutdown will reduce CNOOC’s output by 1,600 barrels of oil a day.



BEIJING: An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted Kazak Autonomous Prefecture of Ili, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 8:21 a.m. Tuesday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was monitored at about 43.6 degrees north latitude and 82.4 degrees east longitude, Xinhua quoted the center as saying in a statement. — BERNAMA

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted the border area of Sichuan and Gansu provinces in western China at 5:58 a.m. Tuesday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. The epicenter, with a depth of 20 km, was monitored at about 32.6 degrees north latitude and 105.3 degrees east longitude, the center said in a statement. The epicenter was located at the border area of Qingchuan County in the city of Guangyuan in Sichuan and Wenxian County in the city of Longnan in Gansu. “People ran out of their houses when the quake struck, but there have been no housing collapses in urban Wenxian County,” said Zhang Huaibi, deputy chief of the county’s publicity department. All villages in Wenxian County with communication services have reported no casualties, said Liu Huiping, head of Zhongmiao Township in Wenxian.

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