Earthquake in southwest China left at least 11 dead, many injured


A rescue mission is underway in heavy rain. Eight died in Changning County and three others in Qixian County. The earthquake struck outside the city of Yibin in Sichuan province late Monday. The area was hit by a series of at least four aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.1.  On Tuesday morning, at 7.34 am, another seismic movement was recorded in the same area. A hotel close to the epicenter collapsed, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties from that incident. Images from Changning County showed an electricity pole knocked down on the roof of a building, a hole in a brick home and broken windows on the street.


The earthquake also cut up a highway in the area and sections of other roads. More than 300 firefighters have been dispatched to the scene. Rescue personnel were also sent with 5,000 tents, 10,000 folding cots and other emergency supplies. Earthquakes regularly strike Sichuan, where a powerful 7.9-magnitude quake left 87,000 people dead or missing in 2008.


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