China earthquake: Toll in 6.0 magnitude quake rises to 11 as rescuers pull survivors out of wrecked buildings

The toll from a strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 11 dead and 122 injured on Tuesday.

Agence France-Presse June 18, 2019 08:14:59 IST
China earthquake: Toll in 6.0 magnitude quake rises to 11 as rescuers pull survivors out of wrecked buildings
  • The toll from a strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 11 dead and 122 injured on Tuesday.

  • A hotel close to the epicentre collapsed, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties from that incident.

  • Eight died in Changning County and three others in Qixian County, the Yibin city government said in its Twitter-like Weibo account.

Beijing: The toll from a strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 11 dead and 122 injured on Tuesday, as rescuers pulled survivors from wrecked buildings.

China earthquake Toll in 60 magnitude quake rises to 11 as rescuers pull survivors out of wrecked buildings

Rescue workers carry a casualty on a stretcher after earthquakes hit Changning county in Yibin, Sichuan province, China June 18, 2019. Reuters

The earthquake struck outside the city of Yibin in Sichuan province late Monday at a depth of 16 kilometres, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

A hotel close to the epicentre collapsed, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties from that incident, the official Xinhua news agency said. Cracks appeared in several area highways.

State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of rescuers bringing a survivor out of the rubble of a building on a stretcher overnight. Other images showed a woman being helped out of another collapsed structure.

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.

Eight died in Changning County and three others in Qixian County, the Yibin city government said in its Twitter-like Weibo account. Rescuers pulled six bodies and seven survivors from buildings, it added.

The area was hit by a series of at least four aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.1.

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, Xinhua reported.

The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude of the main quake at 5.8, adding that "extensive damage is probable and the disaster is likely widespread".

Earthquakes regularly strike Sichuan, where a powerful 7.9-magnitude quake left 87,000 people dead or missing in 2008.

In February, three earthquakes hit Rongxian county in the province, killing two people and injuring 12 others, casualties that residents blamed on fracking.

Local authorities later halted shale gas mining after thousands of residents protested.

Updated Date:

also read

Beijing Winter Olympics: China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit
World

Beijing Winter Olympics: China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s on Monday vowed China would respond with 'firm countermeasures,' but gave no details

'Geopolitical games': Furious China slams US for inviting Taiwan to Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy
World

'Geopolitical games': Furious China slams US for inviting Taiwan to Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy

China for some time has been attacking the democracy summit, saying that the US cannot hold a patent for it and the event is aimed at dividing the world

From Peng Shuai to Xinjiang: Beijing Olympics overshadowed by several controversies
Sports

From Peng Shuai to Xinjiang: Beijing Olympics overshadowed by several controversies

With just over 70 days to go, here's look at the issues hanging over the Olympics