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08 Sep 2019 | 08:38 AM UTC

China: One fatality following 5.4-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan September 8

China News Alert

At least one dead, 29 wounded following 5.4-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan province on September 8; more aftershocks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Chongqing). COUNTRY/REGION Sichuan province

Event

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Weiyuan county in southwest Sichuan province (29.6°N 104.8°E) at a depth of 10 km (6 mi) at around 06:36 (local time) on Sunday, September 8. The earthquake resulted in at least one fatality and a further 29 wounded, according to local media outlets. Approximately 17 houses collapsed and another 215 were also reportedly damaged. Rescue and recovery teams are deploying to the area.

Two aftershocks struck the area at around 06:42 and 10:36, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Further aftershocks are possible in the region over the coming hours and days.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks. In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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