Beijing – One person was killed on Saturday when a moderate earthquake struck the Sichuan region of south-western China.
The US Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude of 5.9 and said it hit 39 kilometres north-west of Kangding in sparsely populated western Sichuan at a depth of 14.6 kilometres.
Chinese geologists measured the quake at magnitude 6.3.
The fatality occurred when a person was hit by falling objects, but widespread damage and injuries were not reported, the China News Service said.
Earthquakes strike China regularly.
The worst seen since World War II was in 1976 when at least 255 000 people died in Tangshan in north-eastern China.
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