At 5:36 on Sunday morning, a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck the border of Sichuan province and Chongqing municipality, killing one and injuring 15.
The epicenter occurred between Suining—a city with a population of 3.8 million and 140km east of Chengdu—and Chongqing's Tongnan county, at a depth of 18.6km. The casualties were suffered in three villages of Moxi town near Suining, where more than two hundred houses were also destroyed. In Tongnan county, the quake damaged at least 4,700 homes, costing an estimated RMB30 million. The civil affairs authority of Chongqing sent 40 tents and 1,500 cotton-padded quilts in response.
Only three minor earthquakes—all around 2.0 on the Richter scale—have occurred in the immediate area in the past 20 years. Seismologists were initially unsure if the quake was a late aftershock of the 12 May 2008 earthquake, but today Lu Yipei, deputy director of the Sichuan Provincial Seismological Burea, ruled that out.