BEIJING — A robust earthquake shook a part of southwestern China on Monday afternoon. It wasn’t instantly clear if it brought on harm or accidents.
The 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Luding county in Sichuan province at 12:52 p.m., Xinhua information company reported.
The 6.6 magnitude earthquake was centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), in response to the U.S. Geological Survey. Preliminary measurements by completely different businesses usually differ barely. Shallower quakes are inclined to trigger extra harm.
Sichuan, which sits on the sting of the Tibetan plateau the place tectonic plates meet, is commonly hit by earthquakes. Two quakes in June killed no less than 4 folks.
China’s deadliest earthquake in recent times was a 7.9 magnitude quake in 2008 that killed practically 90,000 folks in Sichuan. The temblor devastated cities, colleges and rural communities exterior the provincial capital of Chengdu, resulting in a years-long effort to rebuild with extra resistant supplies.
The epicenter of the newest quake is in a mountainous space about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southwest of Chengdu.