A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit China’s Sichaun Province overnight. The news had not reached overseas this morning when 44News first learned of the quake.
Scientist say the epicenter is believed to be 20 kilometers below sea level. In 2008, a magnitude eight, dubbed ‘the Great Sichuan Earthquake’ killed more than 80,000 people.
44News received word of the natural disaster in a morning meeting from two students here for job shadowing. Both students spoke with their family back home and tell us they are safe.
The quake could be felt at least five hours away from the epicenter. The area where the quake hit is popular for its waterfalls and rock formations that attract tourists.
Yang Honghui says, “My mom texted me quite suddenly that there was an earthquake that happened in China. I was quite shocked. I was pretty concerned because our apartment, our home is on the 23rd floor, that’s crazy.”
“It’s actually a touristic spot named the Jiuzhaigou and because it’s summer vacation its quite popular here. There must be so many tourists now.” Wang Meihan added.
CBS News Reports at least five people are dead who are all believed to be tourists.