Quake in China's Sichuan kills one, damages homes

Soldiers and firefighters help villagers search for belongings through the debris of destroyed houses after the earthquake. (AP)

An earthquake that struck villages in China's Sichuan Province killed one person, injured 15 and damaged thousands of homes, the Xinhua news agency reported.

More than 100 houses collapsed in the quake, which had an epicentre about midway between Chongqing and Chengdu.

The United States Geological Survey recorded the earthquake as having a magnitude of 5.2.

The casualties were reported in three villages of Moxi town, near Suining City in eastern Sichuan, according to the Sichuan Provincial Earthquake Administration.

Tongnan County, neighbouring Suining, reported that 4,700 homes were damaged, with economic losses of at least Y30 million.

Chongqing's civil affairs authority sent 40 tents and 1,500 cotton-padded quilts to the disaster area, it said. The area east of Suining, a city of 3.8 million people, is not prone to earthquakes.

 

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