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Moderate earthquake hits southwest China

Moderate earthquake hits southwest China

A magnitude-5.6 earthquake rattled Sichuan province in southwest China early Tuesday but no injuries were reported.
The quake's epicenter was 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Mianzhu, a city in one of the areas hardest hit by last year's devastating magnitude-7.9 temblor, a notice on the China Earthquake Administration Web site said.
The May 12, 2008, disaster left almost 90,000 people dead or missing and 5 million homeless.
Three houses collapsed in one township under Mianzhu, and telecommunications were cut in one other town.
The earthquake could be felt in the provincial capital of Chengdu, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the quake's epicenter, it said.
A Chinese government report said last week that problems ranging from a shortage of bank loans to lingering mental health issues were hampering recovery from last year's quake.


Updated : 2021-04-22 01:52 GMT+08:00