A seven point zero magnitude earthquake has killed at least 13 people and injured scores more in China’s south-western province of Sichuan as reports suggest the death toll could rise.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck in the populated north of Sichuan,
Sichuan province is prone to earthquakes with more than seventy thousand people killed in a quake there in 2008.
the Red Cross Society of China Gwendolyn Pang said it would take time to learn the extent of the damage and number of casualties.
China’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction, said as many as hundred people may have been killed and one hundred and thirty thousand homes damaged.
President Xi Jinping called for all-out efforts to rapidly organised relief work to rescue the injured people.
Fire officers and other security personnel have being deployed to the affected areas.