Sichuan (China): A strong earthquake jolted Southern China’s Sichuan Province late on Monday night killing 11 people and injuring 122 others as per local government’s report.
The Yibin City government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts on Tuesday morning. Xinuhua news agency said resuce efforts were underway in the stricken area.
The 6.0 earthquake collapsed a hotel in Changning country and damaged some roads, Xonhua said. Heavy rains were falling on Tuesday morning.
The Ministry of Emergency Management sent firefighting crews and other rescue personnel, Xinhua said. The Ministry and the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration have dispatched 5,000 tents, 10,000 folding beds and 20,000 quilts to the quake hit areas.
The epicenter was 16 kilometers below the surface, according to the China earthquake Networks Center. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage to buildings and infrastructure.
China’s worst earthquake in recent years struck the mountainous western portion of Sichuan province in 2008, killing nearly 90,000 people. That earthquake was about 400 kilometers from Monday’s quake.
A 1976 earthquake centered in the northeastern city of Tangshan killed at least 2,50,000 people.