Strong aftershock felt in China quake area

May 25th, 2008 - 5:06 pm ICT by admin  

Chengdu (China), May 25 (Xinhua) An aftershock measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted Qingchuan county in southwest China’s Sichuan province Sunday afternoon. The strongest aftershock since the 8.0 magnitude quake of May 12 hit at 4:21 p.m. and was felt in many parts of the province, including the provincial capital Chengdu, said Hou Jianmin, a senior engineer with the China National Seismic Network.

“We were at a temporary office of the local government and all of a sudden, everything in the room began rocking back and forth,” said a CCTV reporter in Qingchuan.

“The computer almost slipped from the desk and tiles fell from the roof. Everyone panicked.”

The aftershock lasted for about a minute and many high-rises in Chengdu rocked slightly.

The tremor was also felt in Xi’an, capital of the northwestern Shaanxi province, where citizens fled homes and offices to open space.

A hotel worker in Shaanxi’s Hanzhong City said she felt clearly the aftershock was strong and “next only to the May 12 quake”.

About 40 minutes before the aftershock, local residents said the weather in Hanzhong city became overcast and high winds began to blow. Signals from mobile telephone network failed for sometime.

Related Stories

Posted in World |