Saturday, 20 April 2013

6.9 earthquake: China's West Sichuan rocked by huge earthquake

6.9 earthquake: China's West Sichuan rocked by huge earthquake, China is trying to deal with a 6.9 earthquake that struck the western region of Sichuan on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Reuters reported the huge earthquake per the U.S. Geological Survey late on the evening of Friday, April 19, 2013, in the United States.

This area is the same site that was hit by a huge earthquake back in 2008 and ended up killing an estimated 68,000 people. That quake was of a 7.8 magnitude and is commonly referred to as the Wenchuan earthquake, after the location of where it hit.

The earthquake was initially reported with a magnitude of 7.0 and as a tremor. It was centered 69 miles northwest of the town of Leshan, and luckily it happened at a depth of 10.2 miles below the surface.

That's not far from the surface, but it is good that is wasn't any closer because a 6.9 earthquake is easily capable of causing incredible amounts of damage.

The official Xinhua New Agency says that the 6.9 earthquake that hit, was felt in Chendu, the provincial capital that is about 70 miles away.

As of late Friday evening in the United States, there were no reports of any casualties. That is likely due to the remote region in which the earthquake hit and the depth at which it occurred.

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