6.9 magnitude earthquake hits China

6.9 magnitude earthquake hits China

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake has hit the western Chinese region of Sichuan.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Saturday’s quake was centered 115 kilometers northwest of the town of Leshan.

The extent of damages, and casualties if any, remains unclear.

The quake struck 115 km southwest of Chengdu, one of the biggest cities in Sichuan province, at 8 am on Saturday, local time.

It occurred at a depth of 16.4 kilometers below the surface.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

A 6.9 magnitude quake is capable of causing severe damage.  The 2008 earthquake killed more than 90,000 people. The quake sparked anger across China when it was revealed that many of the dead were children who died in collapsed schoolbuildings built by corrupt contractors.

The Chinese government’s seismological bureau and state-run television said there were no initial reports of casualties in the quake, which hit shortly after 8 a.m. near the town of Linqiong.



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