EOS Alerts 18-6-2019
China: Earthquake Death Toll Rises
On 17 June, two earthquakes measuring 5.9 and 5.2, occurring roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan. An early-warning alarm system was triggered in the provincial capital Chengdu about one minute before the earthquake struck. The alert rang 10 seconds before the quake hit Yibin. So far, at least 12 people have been reported dead, with more than 130 injured. Emergency services are still searching for survivors and the death toll is expected to rise in the coming days.
Earthquakes in the Sichuan region are not uncommon. In May 2008, Sichuan suffered a huge earthquake that killed almost 70,000 people. Expect the associated disruptions as a result of the quake. Follow local media for more information and remain vigilant. Follow the instructions of local authorities.