Strong aftershock rocks Chengdu in China

May 13th, 2008 - 3:26 pm ICT by admin  

Chengdu (China), May 13 (Xinhua) A strong aftershock measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, around 3.10 p.m. Tuesday following Monday’s devastating quake that has killed around 10,000 people. The epicentre of Tuesday’s quake was again in Wenchuan County, said Yin Zhaomin, an official with the China Seismological Bureau.

This was the strongest aftershock after the devastating quake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, that hit Wenchuan County, 159 km northwest of Chengdu Monday afternoon.

Office workers in downtown Chengdu took to the streets again after the quake. Many said they felt clearly the buildings were rocking and bottles toppled.

Experts with the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC) said strong aftershocks may still rock Wenchuan, though quakes exceeding 7.8 on the Richter scale are unlikely.

The region, which experts said is historically prone to earthquakes, has suffered more than 1,950 aftershocks in the past 25 hours, including three over 6 on the Richter scale and 14 between 5 and 6.

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