Strong Quake in China Kills 150+

It hits same region as devastating earthquake of 2008

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 20, 2013 8:05 AM CDT | Updated Apr 20, 2013 1:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province today, leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 5,500 injured. This morning's quake triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region. The village of Longmen was hit particularly hard, with authorities saying nearly all the buildings there had been destroyed in a frightening minute-long shaking by the quake.

The quake—measured by the China Earthquake Administration at magnitude-7.0 and by the US Geological Survey at 6.6—struck the steep hills of Lushan county shortly after 8am. The quake's shallow depth, less than 8 miles, likely magnified the impact. Tens of thousands of people moved into tents or cars, unable to return home or too afraid to go back as aftershocks continued to jolt the region.

Rescuers save an injured woman in Baosheng Township, Sichuan province.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jiang Hongjing)
People carrying their belongings walk in quake-damaged Gucheng Village, Sichuan province.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Fei Maohua)
A villager in Sichuan province is devastated by damage to her home.   (AP Photo)
A man sits in front of houses destroyed by an earthquake that hit Lushan county in Ya'an in southwest China's Sichuan province.   (AP Photo)
Students gather outside their school buildings to avoid aftershocks in Dazhou, China.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Deng Liangkui)
This aerial photo released by China's Xinhua news agency shows destroyed houses in China's Sichuan province.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Yinghua)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, shakes hands with a rescuer.   (AP Photo)
A giant rock blocks the road about 12.5 miles from the county seat of Lushan in Ya'an city, southwest China's Sichuan province.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Hai Mingwei)
People try to get across a road blocked by a landslide in Lushan county in southwest China's Sichuan province.   (AP Photo)
An injured man rests at a temporary treatment station.   (AP Photo)
Nurses help an injured man in Lushan county in Ya'an in southwest China's Sichuan province.   (AP Photo)
Buildings destroyed by a powerful earthquake at Gucheng village in Sichuan province.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Hai Mingwei)
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An AP video on the quake.   (YouTube)

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