Strong quake jolts southwestern China

August 30th, 2008 - 5:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Sichuan (China), Aug 30 (Xinhua) A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale Saturday jolted the Panzhihua city in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan, the National Seismograph Network Centre said. The quake occurred at 4.30 p.m. The epicentre was located at about 50 km southeast of the city, it said.

No further details were immediately available.

Sichuan province had been hit by a magnitude 8.0 earthquake May 12, killing up to 70,000 people and devastating an area of 40,000 sq km. More than 42 million people have been affected by the quake.

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