Dedicated TV presenter cuts short her wedding after earthquake hits, grabs mic and starts reporting from scene still in her bridal gown and veil
Intrepid reporter Chen Ying's wedding rocked by tremorsBut instead of panicking she grabbed mic and started broadcast
Video has gone viral in China as viewers praise 'professional spirit'
Daily Mail Reporter
19:45 GMT, 20 April 2013
12:09 GMT, 21 April 2013
Most brides would expect the earth to move on their wedding day – but not literally.
TV reporter Chen Ying was just about to take her nuptials when a massive earthquake, which has so for far claimed more than 150 lives, struck in southern China.
But instead of panicking, her journalistic instincts kicked in and she got straight to work on reporting from the scene.
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Dedicated: TV reporter Chen Ying cuts short her own wedding to report on the devastating earthquake in southern China, which has so far claimed more than 150 lives
Heroine: The reporter wasted no time in speaking to witnesses at the scene and didn't let the small matter of her bridal gown put her off her stride
Roving: Chen's joy soon turned to horror when then quake struck but nothing could stop her doing her job
Handy: A camera crew happened to be nearby Chen's wedding and approach her ahead of her report
VIDEO Chinese reporter Chen Ying leaves wedding to cover quake
Chinese reporter covers earthquake in her wedding dress
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With no time to ditch her bridal gown and veil, the intrepid reporter grabbed a mic and began describing the scene in the province of Sichuan.
The footage of her extraordinary dedication has gone viral on the Chinese social networking site, Weibo, where users are praising her professional spirit.
More than 5,500 people are reported to have been injured in the earthquake which struck mountainous Lushan county shortly after 8am this morning local time, and 19 people have been reported missing in the wake of the tremor.
Devastation: Rescuers carry a paralysed elderly man from his damaged house in Qingren township in seriously damaged Lushan county after the shallow earthquake of magnitude 7.0
Destruction: A giant rock blocks the road about 20 kilometers from Lushan in Ya'an city
The earthquake, while not as destructive as the one in 2008, toppled buildings, triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in the region.
The quake – measured by the earthquake administration at magnitude-7.0 and by the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6 – struck the steep hills of Lushan county shortly after 8 a.m., when many people were at home, sleeping or having breakfast.