5.8 Magnitude Quake Hits China

K J M Varma/Beijing
5.8 Magnitude Quake Hits China

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake today jolted China's southwest Sichuan Province, three days after the mountainous region was devastated by a 6.3 magnitude quake.

The quake hit Kangding County in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture at a depth of 16 kilometers at 11:19 pm, the China Earthquake Networks Centre said.

Following the quake, many local residents rushed out of their homes to the streets, with some claiming that they felt much stronger jolt compared to the one that hit three days ago.

There was no immediate report of casualty or damage to any property.

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the same area on Saturday, causing five deaths and dozens of injuries.

Telecommunications were affected and many could not reached by phone.

Local residents instead used the instant messaging serviceto contact each other, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

China has mounted a massive relief efforts in the area pressing large number of relief workers to assist the people to clear the debris.

Over 80,000 people were affected by the Saturday's quake. The place has experienced several aftershocks after that.

Sichuan is mountainous and quake-prone province. A massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan county in the province on May 12, 2008 and left over 80,000 people dead.

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