Alert area: 66 miles (107 km) NW of Leshan, Sichuan, China; 72 miles (116 km) WSW of Chengdu, Sichuan, China; 125 miles (200 km) WNW of Zigong, Sichuan, China; 665 miles (1071 km) NNW of HANOI, Vietnam
Posted Apr 20, 2013 12:45 AM UTC
An earthquake with magnitude 6.6 occurred near Leshan, Sichuan, China at 00:02:47.27 UTC on Apr 20, 2013. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.