Damage in Mianzhu from the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Photo by Leo Chen.
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan's Mianzhu at around 2 a.m. this morning follow days of heavy rainfall.
Mianzhu was one of the areas hardest hit by last May 12's 8.0 quake. No casualties have been reported from this latest tremor, although three houses collapsed, and damage to roads and power and phone lines has disrupted transport and service. Reuters India reported that nearly 9,000 houses were damaged.
The shaking ranks among the 10 strongest tremors felt in Sichuan since the May 12 quake last year. Since that quake, a total of 57,083 tremors have been recorded in the region, 299 measuring above 4.0.
State media is reporting the quake's magnitude as 5.6 and warning that aftershocks may follow.
The last tremor of this magnitude to hit the region occurred on December 9, 2008.
Tuesday's quake was felt in Chengdu, about 85 kilometers from the epicenter.
Xinhua is reporting eight injuries in this morning's quake as well as an additional 5.0 jolt at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was on the border of Mianzhu and Shifang cities. Residents of Chengdu reported feeling the shaking as well.
Three tremors measuring below 4.0 were recorded in the 13 hours that elapsed between the two moderate quakes.