According to the current news reports and findings coming in to our news room, over 100 individuals are feared died. As per researchers and data collected so far, threshold of 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China, killing at least five people, with up to 100 feared dead, according to the government report.
It is said that 5 people died and more than 70 were injured in the occurrence of the earthquake, the official Xinhua news agency said, adding that more than 30 individuals were in critical conditions.
However, China’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction and Management estimated that as many as 100 people may have kicked the bucket, based on 2010 census data of the mountainous, sparsely populated region.
In addition, more than 130,000 houses may have been destroyed as per a statement posted on its website, based on a preliminary analysis of the disaster in a remote region of Sichuan province.
The quake occurred around 9.20 pm (1320 GMT), not far from the site of a massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake that struck in 2008 leaving 87,000 people dead or missing.
Its epicentre was 284 kilometres (176 miles) north of the provincial capital Chengdu and struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.
The affected region, Jiuzhaigou county, includes one of the country’s most famous national parks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for karst formations and lakes.