5.4-magnitude earthquake hits SW China

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High-speed trains between Chengdu and Chongqing were suspended, and train operations at affected sections along the Baoji-Chengdu railway line were also suspended.
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A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Qingchuan County in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 2:14pm Saturday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The epicenter was monitored at 32.27 degrees north latitude and 105.0 degrees east longitude.

The quake struck at a depth of about 13km.

Tremors were felt in Qingchuan County and Jiangyou City, according to local authorities. Information on the damage is being collected.

High-speed trains between Chengdu and Chongqing were suspended, and train operations at affected sections along the Baoji-Chengdu railway line were also suspended, according to Chengdu railway bureau.

Railway workers are checking the lines and related equipment before operations resume.

Qingchuan was also one of the worst-hit areas when an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan's Wenchuan County on May 12, 2008.


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