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09 Dec 2019 | 05:58 AM UTC

China: 5.0-magnitude earthquake reported near Chengdu December 9

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake hits north-northeast of Chengdu (Sichuan) on December 9; aftershocks possible

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Event

The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.0-magnitude earthquake 116 km (72 mi) north-northeast of Chengdu (Sichuan province) on Monday, December 9, at 15:20 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi).

There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant infrastructure damage. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days. 

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks. In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.