Yunnan earthquake: A survivor's tale of being face to face with death

A quake survivor saw a close relative getting fatally hit by falling debris right in front of him during a family gathering on Sunday, when the 6.5-magnitude tremor struck southwest China's Yunnan province, the Yunnan Information Newspaper reported.

"We were enjoying a hot spring bath when the earthquake hit," said Wang Xiong, a resident in Ludian, the quake epicenter, adding that he saw rocks falling down the hills.

Wang picked up his baby immediately and ran out of the pool despite a falling rock injuring his right ankle.

"There were about 300 to 400 people enjoying the hot spring in different pools. Some were hit by rocks and fell in the pool, which was instantly stained red by the blood," Wang said.

A rock hit one of his elderly female relatives in the belly.

She died on the way to the hospital, Wang said.