6.0 Quake Shakes China's Sichuan

Olympic torch had just completed tour of temblor-ravaged area
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2008 8:07 AM CDT
Children gather outside a temporary school, Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Yingxiu, China. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake in May left nearly 70,000 dead, 18,000 missing and more than 5 million homeless.    (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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(Newser) – A 6.0 earthquake today rattled China's Sichuan province, which was devastated by a more powerful quake in May, the US Geological Survey said. One person was killed, reports CNN, and five seriously injured. The tremblor is the latest of numerous aftershocks from the 7.9 quake that struck Sichuan on May 12 and killed almost 70,000 people and left 5 million homeless.

The USGS says the epicenter of the quake was 30 miles northwest of Guangyuan and 6 miles deep. It struck shortly before 6pm, just a few hours after the Olympic torch relay was held in the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu, its last stop before the flame officially opens the Beijing Games on Friday.