China earthquake: Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southwestern Sichuan


The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Monday that a magnitude 6.6 earthquake with a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) was reported southwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was about 43 kilometers southeast of Kangding, a city of about 100,000 people.

It is estimated that more than 1 million residents in the surrounding area experienced moderate shaking in the aftermath of the earthquake, which struck around 1:00 p.m. local time.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, state media CGTN said.

In the last 20 years, there have been 25 earthquakes of magnitude 5 or greater within 200 kilometers of Monday’s epicenter, according to the USGS.

Many large earthquakes have occurred along the Longmenshan fault that runs through the Sichuan mountains. 2008 Sichuan earthquake hit.

A devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake killed nearly 90,000 people and struck a city more than 900 miles away.

last yearA magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit Sichuan province, killing three people and injuring 60, according to state media at the time.

This is a developing story.


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