5.0-magnitude Earthquake Hits Central China

Thursday, March 12th 2009, 6:11 am
By: News On 6

CHENGDU, China (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck central China's Sichuan province near the border with Gansu province.

The agency said Thursday the quake's epicenter was 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of the city of Mianyang, which was 1 of many places in Sichuan devastated by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on May 12.

The quake left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the official Xinhua News Agency said it could be felt in the provincial capital of Chengdu.

Xinhua said the quake struck at 4:25 p.m. 40 miles (60 kilometers) west of Guangyuan in Sichuan.

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