An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 shakes the Chinese province of Sichuan

BEIJING: A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Qingbaijiang District, southwest of China, in Sichuan Province, which caused authorities to initiate emergency measures. According to the China Earthquake Network Center (CENC), the epicenter was monitored at 30.74 north latitude and 104.46 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 21 km.

A total of 150 rescuers and 34 have been sent to the area affected by the earthquake.

So far, no victims or property damage were reported, the state news agency reported.

The earthquake lasted more than 10 seconds and my bed was shaking, Zhang Xun, one in Jintang County, told Xinhua.

There were also strong tremors in the urban areas of the provincial capital, about 38 km from the epicenter.

I shivered completely when the earthquake occurred. My first reaction was to raise my baby, said a Jintang resident with the last name Yi.

Many people stayed outside after the earthquake, wearing protective masks. Some took their bedspreads to spend the night in their cars, Yi said.