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China Earthquake Leaves 11 Dead, 122 Injured

BEIJING: At least 11 people dead and 122 others injured when a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Monday (Jun 17), Chinese media said.

Rescuers were rushing to affected areas in heavy rain near the epicentre, which was located outside the city of Yibin, a Chinese news agency reported.

The quake occurred at about 10.55pm at a depth of 16km, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre.

A series of at least four aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.1, took place in the following 40 minutes.

The fatalities and injuries were all recorded in Changning and Gongxian counties, local officials said, according to Xinhua.

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.