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Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes Sichuan region of China -USGS

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:26 GMT
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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)

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