Earthquake News

Earthquakes in southwest China kill four people and cause property damage.

BEIJING, China – Authorities and official media said that two earthquakes struck southwestern China on Wednesday, killing at least four people and causing damage to homes.

Fourteen other individuals were injured, at least one of them critically, according to CCTV, the state television. All of the dead and injured were found in Sichuan province's Baoxing county.

According to the earthquake relief headquarters in Ya'an city, those dead were struck by falling rocks, and those injured were taken to hospitals for treatment.

According to the China Earthquake Network Center, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck at a depth of 17 kilometers (10 miles) in Ya'an, roughly 110 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of Chengdu, Sichuan's capital. Three minutes later, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

According to the Sichuan fire department, some homes have been destroyed, and more than 1,400 rescuers have been dispatched to the region. Some portions of track were closed, creating passenger train delays, according to the Southwest Railway Authority.

According to CGTN, CCTV's international branch, the first earthquake was a magnitude 7.0 aftershock in 2013, which killed 196 people, according to province officials.

In recent years, China's deadliest earthquake was a 7.9 magnitude quake in Sichuan in 2008, which killed approximately 90,000 people.

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