Preliminary magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes western China
A map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows the location of a large earthquake that struck western China.
A map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows the location of a large earthquake that struck western China. (U.S. Geological Survey)
Updated 1 hr 31 mins ago
A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in western China near a famous national park on Tuesday evening, with no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.5 quake struck a region bordered by the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu at a depth of just 9 kilometers (5.5 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.
The China Earthquake Networks Center measured the quake at magnitude 7.0 and said it struck at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles). The quake occurred at about 9:20 p.m. near Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations, the Chinese agency said.
The area is located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in northern Sichuan province, home to many Tibetan and other ethnic minority villages.