New quakes hit Sichuan's Yibin city

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 12:34pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 12:59pm

Thousands of homes were destroyed and at least 47 people were injured after two earthquakes, at 4.8 and 4.2 magnitude, jolted Sichuan’s Yibin city on Thursday morning, said a government website.

Yibin is about 300 kilometres from Yaan, where a 7-magnitude temblor on Saturday killed more than 190 people. The city has about 4.4 million residents, according to a 2010 census.

Thursday's twin quakes ocurred around 6am, according to a Sichuan government website.

The US Geological Survey website shows one tremor that occurred at 6.10am, registering 5.3 on the Richter scale. 

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