5.6-Magnitude Quake Rocks Sichuan

By Liu Peng
Published: 2009-06-30
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Mianzhu city in China's southwestern Sichuan province at 2:03 am (Beijing Time), China's Earthquake Administration (CEA) reported on Tuesday.

The epicenter was located approximately 85km north of the provincial capital of Chengdu (31.43N 104.00E). Up until now, no casualties have been reported.

Mianzhu was one of the areas hardest-hit by the devastating Sichuan earthquake that struck on May 12 last year.

As of September 25 last year, the quake had killed 69,227 people and injured 374,643, with another 17,923 listed as missing, according to the latest official statistics.

Of the figure, the student death toll reached 5,335, according to data released by Sichuan provincial government in early May.

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