At least 100 dead after 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocks China’s southwestern province of Sichuan. The quake, measured at varying magnitudes between 6.6 and 7.0, hit at 8.02am local time close to the city of Ya’an in Lushan county and the epicentre had a depth of 8 miles (13km). Warnings death toll could rise fire with more than 2,000 left injured. Quake hit shortly after 8am local time in Lushan county in the city of Ya’an. Images show buildings in Sichuan province flattened by powerful tremors. Reports indicate almost every structure in one village collapsed. The quake struck close to where a massive tremor occured in 2008, killing 68,000 people.
The quake was felt strongly by residents in neighbouring provinces and in the provincial capital city of Chengdu, causing many to rush outside. Moreover, buildings shook for about 20 seconds and he saw tiles fall from nearby buildings. – Xihua Net
This aerial photograph shows the damage caused by the earthquake in Lushan county, Ya’an, in China’s Sichuan province.
People were seen walking over the rubble of collapsed buildings after the devastating earthquake in China this morning.
The quake set off landslides, destroyed buildings and has triggered a major rescue operation involving 2,000 troops. Here a photo of huge rock blocks released by the tremors and which blocked a street.