7.0 magnitude quake hits China, 156 killed

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

Beijing, Apr 20: At least 156 people were killed and more than 5,500 injured when a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked southwest China's Sichuan province today, flattening more than 10,000 homes in a seismic mountainous region that suffered a catastrophic quake in 2008.
 The quake struck the province on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau at 8:02 am, prompting a major relief and rescue operation in the same area where 90,000 people were reported dead or missing in a 8-magnitude quake in 2008.
 Twelve hours after the quake hit Lushan county in the city of Ya'an, the China Earthquake Administration said at least 156 people had been confirmed dead with over 5,500 injured.
 At least 10,000 homes were destroyed, the Sichuan government said.
 Amid rescue operations, a 30-year-old pregnant woman surnamed Zhao was pulled out of the rubble along with a young child, the People's Daily said on its Weibo account.
 The epicentre of the earthquake was reported to be at a depth of 13 km and was monitored at 30.3 degrees north latitude and 103.0 degrees east longitude.
 To help rescue operations, about 6,000 soldiers and police were heading to the area where five drones were deployed to capture aerial images, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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