According to the China Earthquake Networks, an earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred in Hanyuan County, Ya’an city, on May 20. The city belongs to China’s southwest Sichuan province.
The tremor emerged at 8:36 a.m. local time, with a focal depth of 20 kilometers and an epicenter at 29.67 degrees north latitude and 102.48 degrees east longitude.
The epicenter was 36 kilometers away from Luding County, 38 kilometers away from Yingjing County, 40 kilometers away from Hanyuan County, and 188 kilometers away from Chengdu. Within 5km of the tremor were villages including Ligangou, Dapingshang, Fucun, Yibasan, Xiaohaizi, etc.
The vibration can be felt in surrounding cities such as Chengdu, Leshan, and Mianyang.
News about the earthquake immediately become a hot search list on Baidu and Chinese Twitter-like Weibo.
Online users from around Sichuan, such as Leshan, Ziyang, Jianyang county, and Jinniu district, said they felt the tremor. A scene of a shaking ceiling was also shared.
Footage of more than 400 teachers and students of Ya’an No. 1 Primary School evacuating during the quake also made it to the internet.
The Hanyuan County Committee Office of Ya’an City releases the latest preliminary statistics. Following that, no casualties were found. But as of 6 p.m. the same day, the earthquake has caused damage to 468 houses.
A rescue team has quickly transferred 14,573 people to a safe place.
Xiaoxiang Morning News reported that daily activities in Hanyuan County, such as road traffic and infrastructure, electricity, and communications, were operating normally. No abnormality in critical water conservancy infrastructure was detected.
Schools would gradually return to normal under safety conditions.