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7.0 Magnitude Earthquake In China Kills At Least 161

Shunqi Lin |
April 19, 2013 | 7:59 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Sichuan Province's Ya'An City after earthquake. Blackydoudou/ Sina Weibo
Sichuan Province's Ya'An City after earthquake. Blackydoudou/ Sina Weibo

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Lushan county of Ya'an city in southwest China's Sichuan Province 8:02 a.m.Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

161 people have been confirmed dead in the Saturday morning earthquake, according to China Earthquake Administration. More than 3,000 are believed injured. Longmen Village, a town in the epicenter Lushan county suffers from loss of water and electricity. Roads to the area are cut off, and are being repaired. A total of 152,000 people in Ya'an city are affected by the earthquake.

The earthquake was felt strongly in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport temporarily closed, and flights remain delayed. Neighboring provinces including Guizhou, Gansu, Shaanxi and Yunnan also felt the quake.

Residents of Sichuan reported on Sina Weibo, China’s leading social media site, that phone receptions are poor in the earthquake region. They are using tools like Weibo and WeChat for communication.

A resident in Chengdu, 140 km (85 miles) from Ya'an city, told Xinhua he was on the 13th floor of a building when he felt the quake. The building shook for about 20 seconds and he saw tiles fall from nearby buildings. 


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