Two earthquakes in southwest China have killed at least one person and injured six others

Two earthquakes in southwest China have killed at least one person and injured six others

The first quake in Lushan County struck at a depth of 18 km, according to the China Earthquake Network Center.

Beijing:

At least one person was killed and six others were injured in two earthquakes in southwest China on Wednesday, state media reported.

A shallow 6.1-magnitude quake struck a less populated area of ​​Sichuan province, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of the provincial capital Chengdu, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Three minutes later, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake shook the region and killed at least one person and injured six others, according to CCTV footage.

Authorities sent hundreds of people to search and rescue and treat the injured, the report said.

According to the China Earthquake Network Center, the first quake hit Lushan County in Yan’an city at around 5 pm at a depth of 18 km.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.9 and was shallow at a depth of 10 km.

It was felt in cities in Sichuan province, state media reported.

Sichuan authorities said some buildings were damaged, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or severe damage.

The mountainous province – a popular tourist destination for Chinese giant pandas – is an earthquake-prone area.

In January of this year, a shallow earthquake on the border between Sichuan and neighboring Yunnan Province injured more than 20 people.

Another shallow earthquake last September damaged thousands of homes, killing three and injuring dozens.

An earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale shook Wenchuan County in Sichuan in 2008 and killed at least 2,000 people.

Thousands of children were among the dead when poorly constructed school buildings collapsed, although the government did not issue a proper toll as the issue took on a political dimension.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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