Beijing: At least 11 persons were killed and 122 were injured in China after a strong earthquake hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night.
The Yibin city government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts on Tuesday morning.
While the quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart hit the southwestern province of Sichuan, locals rushed out to streets even as cracks developed in some buildings.
Rescuers pulled some people out of the rubble alive near the epicentre, which was 16 kilometres below the surface.
A quake of magnitude 5.9 was followed by a smaller one of 5.2 magnitudes, both at a depth of 10 km (6 miles) and centred near Changning county, the United States Geological Survey said.
There were several aftershocks, the China Earthquake Administration said, while the U.S. quake agency recorded one of magnitude 5.2 on Tuesday.
In May 2008, China’s worst earthquake struck Sichuan killing almost 70,000 people.