Yaan earthquake

A powerful tremor registering 7.0 on the Richter scale (6.6 according to the US Geological Survey) and a series of strong aftershocks hit near the city of Yaan in southwestern China's Sichuan province on April 20, 2013, causing heavy casualties and losses. 

An injured man receives medical treatment at the Renmin Hospital of Lushan County in Ya'an City. Photo: Xinhua

Earthquake death toll rises to at least 156

A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 156 people and injuring about 5,500 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.