SUINING CITY, China, Jan. 31 (UPI) — A 5.0 magnitude earthquake rocked China’s Sichuan Province Sunday, killing one person and collapsing numerous buildings, officials said.
The early morning quake damaged more than 100 homes in Moxi town in Suining City, which has about 3.8 million residents and is about 140 miles from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency reported.
Seismologists said there was a possibility the quake was a late aftershock from the 8.0 magnitude quake in Sichuan that left nearly 87,000 people missing or dead on May 12, 2008.
The epicenter of Sunday’s tremor was between Suining and Tongnan County at a depth of 6.2 miles at 30.3 degrees north latitude and 105.7 degrees east longitude, the Sichuan Provincial Earthquake Administration said.
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