A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Yibin City (Sichuan province) at approximately 10:17 (local time) on Thursday, July 4. According to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), quake occurred at a depth of 8 km (5 mi). There were not immediate reports of damages or casualties; details are still emerging. Aftershocks are possible in the region over the coming hours and days.
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit near Yibin City on June 17, followed by a series of strong aftershocks that left at least 13 people dead and 31 injured.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor developments, prepare for aftershocks, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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 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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