An earthquake in China has left at least five people dead and many more injured. The earthquake happened in the Sichuan province, an area where other earthquakes have struck in the past. According to the US Geological Survey, the 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the north of Sichuan.
6.5 Magnitude Earthquake
Officials have confirmed that five people died in the earthquake and that 60 were injured. According to recent reports, authorities are still helping with the rescue operations and the death toll could increase in the next few hours. Nine years ago, a strong earthquake also struck the area. More than 70,000 people were killed in that earthquake.
The 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck at around 21:20 local time. The earthquake struck less than 200 miles from Chengdu. Photos showed people in nearby cities and towns sitting outside of buildings after the earthquake.
Residents Flee Buildings
One resident told the AFP news agency that people fled the buildings. She added that people had gone to the main square and that no one dared to grab anything, they all just ran outside. Another resident told local media that the earthquake today felt stronger than the one in 2008.
Death Toll Could Increase
Authorities and rescue teams are now in the area. An official said it will take some time to find how much damage the earthquake left in the area. The official added that communication lines and power have been cut off by the earthquake.
The AFP news agency quoted the country’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction as saying that as many as 100 people may have lost their lives. They estimate that more than 100,000 homes may have been damaged by the strong earthquake.
The Indian Express reported a few hours ago that the death toll was seven. 100 people are feared to be trapped while nearly 100 were injured by the earthquake.