07/08/2015 03:51 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Hong Kong stock index rocked by Chinese market sell-off, plunges 8 per cent.

Hong Kong's main stock index has dived 8 per cent as investors there are rattled by the sharp sell-off in mainland Chinese shares.

Other markets in Asia are also sharply down. The Shanghai Composite Index is off 5.9 per cent and Japan's Nikkei 225 is down 3.1 per cent.

The Associated Press