China quake kills 72, injures 600

Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 13:01

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The strong earthquake that hit southwest China's Sichuan province today killed 72 people and left at least 600 injured.

 

The shallow earthquake struck just after 8:00 am at a depth of 12 kilometres sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets, and was followed by several aftershocks.

 

Local seismologists registered the quake at magnitude 7.0 while the US Geological Survey gave it as 6.6.

 

USGS said that "significant" casualties were likely and that "extensive damage is probable and disaster is likely widespread".