Massive Quake Jolts China


Beijing: China’s central province of Sichuan has been shaken by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake according to the US geological service (USGS). The data provided by the USGS also says that another tremor, measuring 5.2, hit the same region about 30 minutes earlier.

According to the USGS the latest earthquake had a depth of nearly 25 kilometers, while its predecessor’s measured 22.7 kilometers.

As of yet, there is no information on the potential destruction and whether the earthquake has caused any casualties.

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) says that the 5.2-magnitude quake is likely to have caused no major damage or civilian casualties.

“This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability,” a statement on the GDACS website says.