Monday 11 December, 2017

7.0 earthquake hits southwestern China

The Latest on a strong earthquake that struck southwestern China (all times local):

A strong earthquake has shaken a mountainous region in southwestern China near a famous national park, causing residents to run into the streets and knocking out some phone networks, but there are no reports so far of injuries or major damage.

The magnitude 6.5 quake struck a region bordered by the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu at a depth of just 9 kilometers (5.5 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The China Earthquake Networks Center measured the earthquake at magnitude 7.0 and said it struck at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles). The quake occurred near Jiuzhaigou (Jee-oh Jai GO), or Jiuzhai Valley, a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations.

The area is located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in northern Sichuan province, home to many Tibetan and other ethnic minority villages.

 

(Video footage taken by a tourist visiting the Jiuzhaigou Valley earthquake hit the area on Tuesday. A total of 38,799 tourists visited Jiuzhaigou Valley on Tuesday.)