BEIJING: Two folks have been killed when a shallow earthquake struck southwestern China within the early hours of Thursday, triggering the second-highest stage of emergency response by rescuers in Sichuan province, state media stated.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.four however the China Earthquake Networks Centre measured it at magnitude 6.0. Each put it at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles).

It struck round 120 kilometres southwest of the sprawling megacity of Chongqing, which together with its surrounding space is dwelling to round 30 million folks.

China International Tv Community (CGTN) stated the native authorities had confirmed two deaths, with out specifying the place they’d been killed or offering additional particulars.

The Xinhua information company stated Luzhou Metropolis had despatched emergency personnel to the world, with out elaborating.

USGS stated that “vital harm is probably going and the catastrophe is probably widespread”, in a preliminary evaluation.

A robust 7.9-magnitude quake in Sichuan province in 2008 left 87,000 folks lifeless or lacking.

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