At least 4 people have died in earthquakes in southwest China

BEIJING (AP) — Two earthquakes killed at least four people and damaged homes in southwest China on Wednesday, authorities and state media said.

Fourteen other people were injured, at least one seriously, state broadcaster CCTV said in an online report. All of the dead and injured were in Baoxing County in Sichuan Province.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck at a depth of 17 kilometers (10 miles) in the city of Ya’an, about 110 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, said the China Earthquake Network Center. A 4.5 magnitude quake, also in Ya’an, followed three minutes later, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The Sichuan Fire Department said some homes were damaged and more than 1,400 rescuers were heading to the area. The Southwest Railway Authority said sections of the track were closed, causing delays to passenger trains.

The first earthquake was an aftershock of a 7.0 magnitude quake in 2013 that killed 196 people, provincial officials said, according to CGTN, the international arm of CCTV.

China’s deadliest earthquake in recent years was a magnitude 7.9 quake in 2008 that killed nearly 90,000 people in Sichuan.


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