7.0 magnitude quake hits China's Sichuan province
The epicenter was monitored at 33.2 degrees north latitude and 103.82 degrees east longitude.
The quake struck at a depth of 20 km, the center said in a statement.
Authorities are organizing people to help evacuate residents.
The quake was also strongly felt in the provincial capital Chengdu about 300 km south of the epicenter.
Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, where the quake was felt, is a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations.
The quake was felt near an area that was hit by another quake in 2008, where 70 thousand persons died. ■