Shanghai: A 6.0 magnitude quake left 12 people dead and injured another 125 after striking southwest China's Sichuan Province Monday night, the country's Ministry of Emergency Management announced on Tuesday.
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers search for trapped people at a collapsed building after an quake in Shuanghe Town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
A series of at least four aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.1, took place in the following 40 minutes.
Chinese officials said roads, power, and communication facilities also saw severe damage.
Sichuan province is an area of China known to frequently be affected by earthquakes.
The quake resulted in cracks in a major highway connecting Yibin and Xuyong County of Sichuan's Luzhou city.
The first wave had a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale.
Later in the day, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said showers and thunder might occur in the next two days in Changning, which in turn could hamper rescue efforts.
The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the main quake at 5.8.
At least 13 people were killed in Monday night's 6.0-magnitude quake that struck Sichuan province, though the casualty figure may have been far worse were it not for an early warning system developed by a man who was shaken by the 2008 Wenchuan natural disaster. The alert rang 10 seconds before the quake hit Yibin.
In 2008 more than 87,000 people were killed in a 7.9 magnitude tremor 80km (50 miles) north-west of Chengdu.
Rescuers search a building that collapsed in Shuanghe Town, Changning County on Tuesday after a 6.0-magnitude natural disaster hit southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday.