Sichuan Earthquake Kills 2, Injures 59

At least two people died, and 59 were injured after a magnitude six earthquake shook Luxian county in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan.

Authorities said that the dead and injured people were reported at Caoba Village, Fuji Township of Luxian County. 

The earthquake, which struck at 4:33 a.m., also caused some houses to fall. 

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, an epicenter was observed at 29.2 degrees north latitude and 105.34 degrees east longitude. The tremor occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The local government reported that 6,904 people had been evacuated and that more than 200 homes had been damaged.

After Sichuan’s earthquake, relief headquarters, and local authorities launched the highest and second-highest levels of emergency response on Thursday morning, a combined team of more than 4,000 rescuers was rushed to the afflicted area.

In May 2008, a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck Sichuan, killing approximately 90,000 people, many of whom were trapped in collapsed schools and other poorly constructed structures.

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