Sichuan Earthquake Not an Aftershock

BEIJING, Feb. 1 (UPI) — Chinese experts say Sunday’s 5-magnitude temblor in Sichuan province was not an aftershock from the devastating 2008 earthquake but they are studying it.

The quake in the southern Chinese province killed one person and injured 15. A magnitude 8 earthquake rocked Sichuan May 12, 2008 causing massive destruction and left 87,000 dead or missing, the official government Xinhua news agency reported.

After the May quake, the province was rattled by aftershocks for months.

Lu Yipei with the Sichuan Provincial Seismological Bureau said experts were investigating the latest jolt.

“We are sure this quake is not an aftershock because of change in geological structure and environment caused by the devastating quake in May 2008 …,” Lu told Xinhua.

The earthquake struck near Suining City and the Tongnan County of Chongqing Municipality early Sunday. The epicenter was at a depth of 6.2 miles.

Authorities relocated about 2,000 people after the quake, Xinhua said.

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