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China activates level-IV response after two quakes jolt Sichuan


2022-06-10 12:03:02

A level-IV national emergency response has been activated after two earthquakes hit southwest China"s Sichuan Province, the Ministry of Emergency Management said Friday.

A 5.8-magnitude quake first struck the Maerkang City of Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture at 00:03 a.m. Friday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. The epicenter, at a depth of 10 km, was monitored at 32.27 degrees north latitude and 101.82 degrees east longitude.

This was quickly followed by another 6.0-magnitude quake at 1:28 a.m. with the epicenter, measuring a depth of 13 km, monitored at 32.25 degrees north latitude and 101.82 degrees east longitude.

A work team has been dispatched to guide and assist the local emergency rescue efforts, the ministry said.

China has a four-tier emergency response system, with level I representing the most severe response.

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