0-Magnitude Earthquake Kills 2, Injures 19 in Southern China

0-Magnitude Earthquake Kills 2, Injures 19 in Southern China

0-Magnitude Earthquake Kills 2, Injures 19 in Southern China

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A strong natural disaster that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said.

Rescuers were rushing to affected areas in heavy rain near the epicentre, which was located outside the city of Yibin, the Xinhua news agency reported. Authorities in China said the natural disaster measured magnitude 6.0 and hit about 19 kilometers (12 miles) from the city of Changning.

The first magnitude 5.9 quake was followed around 30 minutes later by one registering 5.2, both at a depth of 10km and centred near Changning county, according to the United States Geological Survey.

An aftershock measuring magnitude 5.2 later hit the same area, the USGS said.

The magnitude 6.0 natural disaster collapsed a hotel in Changning county and damaged some roads, Xinhua said.

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More than 300 firefighters have been dispatched to the scene.

Video posted to social media appeared to show people evacuating buildings and debris littering the streets after the quake.

AFP and SBS were unable to independently verify the authenticity of the footage.

China's worst quake in recent years struck the mountainous western portion of Sichuan province in 2008, killing almost 90,000 people.

In February, three earthquakes hit Rongxian county in the province, killing two people and injuring 12 others - casualties that residents blamed on fracking.

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