A powerful earthquake with a 6.3 magnitude struck Sichuan province late Saturday afternoon, Sina News reported. At least four have been reported dead, with more than 50 injured and around 25,000 houses damaged.
Xinhua also reported that the earthquake forced students to flee from a primary school in Tagong town, situated near the epicenter, with 42 of these students injured in a stampede caused by the rush. Currently, all of the injured have been sent to Ganzi People’s Hospital in Kangding. Rescuers rushed to the epienter around 6.40pm in the evening.
Residents reported feeling a strong tremor in Chengdu, about 325 km north of the epicenter, according to chinanews.com.
“The house windows were shaking violently. Some people rushed out of the building,” a woman in Chengdu said. While no building collapses have been reported, many have sustained injuries from the wreckage caused by shaking houses, and multiple cracks have been seen on other buildings. The situation seems to be stable for now, with no major traffic flows or utility supplies being disrupted.
Large numbers of rescue workers have been mobilized to deal with the extent of the damage.
In 2008, a devastating earthquake that hit the province in 2008 left more than 87,000 people dead or missing.
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