5.4-magnitude quake hits China’s Sichuan province, 31 injured

5.4-magnitude quake hits China’s Sichuan province, 31 injured

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Thirty-one people were injured after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit the Gongxian County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Saturday, authorities said Sunday.

The injured were rushed to the hospitals.

Twenty-one of them were hospitalised for observation and treatment, officials of the city of Yibin told.

The quake struck at 10:29 p.m. (local time) Saturday, at a depth of 10 km. The epicentre is monitored at 28.43 degrees north latitude and 104.77 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC).

On June 17, 12 people were killed and 220 others injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit the province.

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Changning County of Yibin City the next day.

Li Tinggen, secretary-general of the Yibin municipal government, told reporters on Sunday that after the earthquake, rescuers were rushed to the village, located at the epicentre.

The disaster relief work is progressing in an orderly manner, the official added.

Li said the post-earthquake assessment of houses had been basically completed. The affected people have been evacuated and resettled.

 

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