China launches emergency response after magnitude 6 earthquake hits Sichuan

Sichuan's earthquake relief headquarters activated a level-II response

  
A Chinese national flag flutters near the building of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) at the Financial Street area in Beijing, China July 16, 2020.

A Chinese national flag flutters near the building of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) at the Financial Street area in Beijing, China July 16, 2020.

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China said on Thursday it had launched an emergency response after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted the southwestern province of Sichuan early in the morning, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Sichuan's earthquake relief headquarters activated a level-II response, said Xinhua, the second-highest in China's four-tier emergency response system.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the epicentre was 29.2 degrees north latitude and 105.34 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

After the quake, which took place at 4:33 a.m. (2033 GMT) on Thursday, Luzhou City launched a level-I emergency response.

The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said earlier that the earthquake measured a magnitude of 5.5.

(Reporting by Engen Tham in Shanghai and Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese and Stephen Coates) ((Aishwarya.Nair@thomsonreuters.com; +91-8067494421;))


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