China earthquake kills three as family’s homes shake


A strong earthquake jolted southwestern China killing at least three people early on Thursday morning.

CCTV footage shows the quake rocking the living room of a resident in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province on September 16.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 5.4, while the China Earthquake Networks Centre measured a magnitude of 6.0. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres from the surface, both agencies said.

Local government officials confirmed at least two deaths while 59 more were injured. More than 200 houses were damaged and 6,904 residents were evacuated.

The earthquake, which hit 120 kilometres southwest of densely populated Chongqing, triggered the second-highest response in China’s four-tiered emergency response system.