Aftershock shakes quake-hit region in China

Other News Materials 16 November 2008 08:02 (UTC +04:00)

An aftershock of magnitude 4.8 hit southwest China early Sunday, shaking a region that was devastated in the Wenchuan earthquake in May, the US Geological Survey and Chinese state media reported0, according to AFP.

The aftershock hit at 6:59 am (22:59 GMT Saturday) 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Mianyang city in Sichuan province, the USGS said. The USGS uses the Moment Magnitude scale, which is more accurate than the Richter scale.

China's Xinhua news agency reported a tremor measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, apparently referring to the same quake. It did not immediately carry any reports of casualties.

The quake occurred at a depth of just 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), the USGS said.

The aftershock happened just over six months after an 8.0-magnitude quake hit Sichuan, flattening entire towns and leaving more than 87,000 people dead or missing.