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11 injured after 5.0-magnitude quake in SW China

English.news.cn   2015-01-14 23:00:44

CHENGDU, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Eleven people were injured when a 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan Province on Wednesday, according to the provincial civil affairs authority.

The quake struck Jinkouhe District in Leshan City at 1:21 p.m. Wednesday. The epicenter was monitored at 29.3 degrees north latitude and 103.2 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 14 km, said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

About 11,000 people were affected with more than 2,000 houses were damaged. Traffic and telecommunications in the quake zone have been restored to normal.

The People's Hospital in Jinkouhe received two calls for assistance, with both regarding slight injuries, said a spokesman with the hospital.

Many Leshan residents rushed into the streets and students assembled in school playgrounds. "I felt strong tremor and then ran out of the office," said Peng Tao, a tobacco company employee in downtown Leshan, about 68 km from the epicenter.

Tremors were also felt in many other parts of Sichuan, including the provincial capital of Chengdu, Ya'an, Yibin, Suining as well as Mount Emei, a famous scenic spot.

Railway authorities have ordered four passenger trains and 10 cargo trains near the region to stop in safe sections and railway workers are checking the rails.

Covering an area of 598 square kilometers in southwestern Sichuan, Jinkouhe District is home to about 60,000 people, including many of the Yi ethnic minority.

Editor: Mengjie
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