Highlights

  • Earthquake hits China’s Sichuan Province of magnitude 6
  • Struck around 120 kilometres southwest of the sprawling megacity of Chongqing.
  • USGS said that "significant damage is likely"

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Earthquake hits China’s Sichuan Province, second-highest level of emergency response called in

A powerful 7.9-magnitude quake in Sichuan province in 2008 left 87,000 people dead or missing.

An earthquake of magnitude 6 jolted Luxian County of southwest China’s Sichuan Province on September 16, according to China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC).

The quake struck at 4:33 a.m. (local time), the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

After the quake, China launched a level-I emergency response and sent personnel for disaster investigation and rescue.USGS said that "significant damage is likely and the disaster is potentially widespread", in a preliminary assessment.

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A powerful 7.9-magnitude quake in Sichuan province in 2008 left 87,000 people dead or missing.


Thousands of people were killed and many others injured when Sichuan Province was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 8 in 2008.

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