On Saturday, a 5.9 earthquake that hit the remote Sichuan province of southwestern China resulted in the deaths of at least two people, according to WXII12 News. Panic ensued at a primary school in the province, causing the students to stampede.
The earthquake occurred in a mountainous region of the Sichuan province. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake happened at a depth of around 2 miles.
According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the magnitude of the quake was higher than that reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, at 6.3. The casualty count might rise as local authorities assess the damage and investigate further during the aftermath of the quake.
According to state-run news agency Xinhua, who quoted a local doctor, one of the two victims was a 70-year-old woman who died after her head was hit by falling debris. Xinhua also added there were 42 primary school students who were injured during the attempts to flee their school in Tagong, located close to the quake’s epicenter.
Xinhua has also reported that video footage shows other people, who were panicked by the quake, fleeing from buildings. There have been numerous aftershocks that have also been recorded and reported in the province.
Local authorities have stated that relief supplies and emergency response teams have been sent to Sichuan province. The casualty count due to the earthquake that hit China is now at 2, but it might rise in the coming hours and days.
Written By Douglas Cobb
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