Deadly Earthquake Rocks China’s Sichuan Province

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 18 – A strong earthquake which shook the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan has killed at least 12 people and left over 100 injured.

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Yibin in Changning County, south-east of the provincial capital Chengdu, late on Monday, officials said.

It was followed by several powerful aftershocks.

TV footage showed rescuers pulling injured people from the rubble of collapsed buildings.

More than 4,000 people have had to be relocated because their homes were destroyed or damaged.

Several major roads were damaged including the highway between Yibin city and Xuyong county, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

In Chengdu, about 300km (186 miles) away, an early warning system triggered a siren that sounded across the city about a minute before the earthquake struck, Xinhua said.

Shaking was felt in Chengdu and also in the city of Chongqing, to the east of Yibin.

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