The U.S. Geological Survey said a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked central China's mountainous Jiuzhaigou area in the Sichuan Province late Tuesday (August 8). According to the United Press International at least 19 people are confirmed killed. Many others were injured during and after the quake.
The epicenter was located 110 miles north-northwest of the city of Jiangyou at a depth of about 5.5 miles, the USGS said in its reviewed analysis.
China's Xinhua news agency reported the quake had a magnitude of 7.
The quake was felt by residents more than 300 miles away. The USGS estimates economic losses between $10 million and $100 million.
For our prayers
316NOW does not have students in the immediate area of this earthquake. However, please join us in asking our Father's mercy on those affected by the earthquake. And ask him to use Christians in this area to represent him to those who are victims. (The video below gives some sense of the fright that those who lived through this disaster were feeling.)