At least four people were killed and at least 14 injured when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook the city of Yan in China’s earthquake-stricken southwestern province of Sichuan, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).
A video on Twitter shows a woman and a child coming out of a clothing store as soon as the quake struck. Another video shows a road where motorists, having to deal with a sudden earthquake, stop and run towards the center of the road to escape the debris lying on the side of the road.
The epicenter was reported at 17 km depth, according to the CENC. A 4.5-magnitude tremor was felt three minutes after the quake in Baoxing County, Ian City. The state-run People’s Daily reported that four people were killed and 14 were injured. The four people killed in the quake died after being hit by rocks.
Videos and photos on social media show landslides and aftershocks showing buildings damaged, including houses built for victims of the 2008 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Tibetan Plateau province.
The school children ran out of their classrooms as residents rushed to the streets. The quake caused tremors in the area, followed by several aftershocks.
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The quake damaged telecommunications in parts of the two counties, but some optical cables were restored after emergency repairs, PTI said.
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Ian has activated the second highest level of emergency response for the quake and is calculating the damage.
More than 4,500 workers from the Emergency Rescue and other departments have been sent to the quake-hit area.
The provincial seismological administration said the 6.1-magnitude quake in Lushan was an aftershock of the 7-magnitude quake that killed more than 100 people and injured thousands in 2013.
Sichuan Province was hit by China’s worst 7.9-magnitude earthquake in 2008, killing at least 90,000 people.
With input from PTI