At about 5.00pm this evening, Kangding County was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Ritcher Scale. The quake lasted for about 30 seconds. A glass of tea I made and placed on the table rocked so hard that the tea was spilled. The floor shook hard, nearly throwing me off balance. My little one was lying in bed and didn’t feel as much of the shaking. I grabbed our valuables and rushed out onto the streets. The streets were crowded, but nobody panicked. We are unharmed and bracing ourselves for aftershocks which are statistically less severe than the main quake.
We planned to leave Kangding tomorrow morning. I’m just not sure how we’re going to sleep tonight.
BEIJING, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Kangding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, the China Earthquake Networks Center said.
The epicenter was monitored at 30.3 degrees north latitude and 101.7 degrees east longitude. The quake hit at a depth of 18 kilometers, according to the center.