Home shakes as China earthquake kills at least three people

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A strong earthquake rocked southwest China early Tuesday morning leaving at least three dead and injuring dozens.

CCTV footage shows a woman watching TV in her living room when strong tremors shook her house in Luxian County, Sichuan province on September 16. The woman can be seen rushing into her bedroom to alert her sleeping husband while their pet dog ran in panic.

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 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, according to state media Xinhua news.