WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.9 quake struck the western Chinese region of Sichuan on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
It said the earthquake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.0 tremor, was centered 69 miles (111 km) northwest of the town of Leshan. It occurred at a depth of only 10.2 miles (16.4 km) below the surface.
A 6.9 quake is capable of causing severe damage. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Paul Simao)