Strong quake hits Sichuan, tremor felt in Beijing
Updated: 2008-05-12 14:59
Beijing-- A major eathquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale jolted Wenchuan County of Southwest China's Sichuan Province at 2:28 p.m. on Monday, the State Seismological Bureau said.
The epicenter of the quake was located 31.0 degrees north latitude and 103.4 degrees east longitude, the bureau said. Wenchuan is about 100 kilometers to the northwest of Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan.
With a population of 111,800, Wenchuan lies in southeast part of the Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, 146 km to the northwest of Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan.
The quake was also felt in Beijing, and Xinhua reporters in Zhengzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing reported tremors.
No casualty was reported yet.