Sichuan Earthquake Reported Today

July 17, 2008 § Leave a comment

This came out of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, right after I finished writing my previous entry. Is this another pre-seismic velocity change which could precede a great one outside China? We may never know.

Moderate quake rumbles through same China region 

Agence France-Presse,First Posted 04:58:00 07/18/2008

BEIJING — A 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China early Friday, the US Geological Survey said, striking the area devastated by a massive quake in May.

The quake struck 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Mianyang in Sichuan province and 110 kilometers north of Chengdu, the provincial capital, at 12:40 a.m. (1640 GMT), the USGS said. It hit at a depth of 16.7 kilometers.

There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

The May 12 quake, which measured 8.0 on the Richter scale, devastated wide swathes of Sichuan province, leaving nearly 70,000 people dead and more than 17,000 missing.

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