Death toll rises from China natural disaster

Clay Curtis
June 18, 2019

The first quake struck on Monday evening with a magnitude of 5.9, and was followed by a second temblor of 5.2 magnitude, both at a depth of about six miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers carry out a person from a collapsed building following a strong natural disaster at Putao village of Shuanghe town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

State television said rescuers had reached the epicenter-a largely rural area-and had pulled some people out of rubble alive already.

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.

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

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A damaged building in Yibin.

Chinese state media said shaking was felt in major cities in the region, including in the Sichuan Provincial capital Chengdu and the metropolis of Chongqing.

Nine people died in Changning county and three others in Qixian county, the Yibin city government said on its social media account.

Xinhua said more than 50 people were being treated in two hospitals.

Xinhua reported that rescue efforts were underway. The Ministry and the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration have dispatched 5,000 tents, 10,000 folding beds and 20,000 quilts to the quake-hit areas.

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