Quake rattles southwestern China causing minor damage
12:40, Saturday, 30 September, 2017
A 5.5 magnitude earthquake rattled southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, part of the country frequently struck by temblors, with initial reports of only minor damage and no reports of casualties. The quake struck 78 kilometres (48 miles) west of Guangyuan city, the United States Geological Survey said, with a depth of 10 km (6 miles). People close to the epicentre said on Chinese social media that they felt shaking, and some posted pictures of people rushing outside of buildings. The official Xinhua news agency said there were no reports yet of any injuries or deaths. In August, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck a remote part of the same province near a popular tourist area, killing 20 people and injuring around 500, many of them in landslides.