A strong earthquake occurred in China near the city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The death toll, according to preliminary data was 37 people, but later the authorities received a report that the number has increased to 72. According Soi Mengjia, head of the local branch of the Communist Party, this figure is all likelihood will continue to grow. It is also reported that more than 600 people on the list of victims.
The magnitude of the earthquake, according to the American Seismological Service, was 6.6 points. Meanwhile, China’s service rated power of the earthquake of 7 points. The tremors were recorded at 8 am local time (4:00 on MSK). At a depth of about 16 km epicenter. For the main shock was followed by nine aftershocks with magnitude of about 5 points.
About two thousand soldiers and rescue workers were sent to the affected areas. Road connections severely disrupted. The tremors were also recorded in the provinces of Gansu, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Gaizhou.
In Sichuan province, in 2008, a strong earthquake has occurred, which killed or missing in the total of about 87,000 people. Then magnitude was 7.8 points.