Rescue efforts underway after China quake kills at least 12

  • In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers search for trapped people at a collapsed building after an earthquake in Shuanghe Town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night. (Zeng Lang/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES

    In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers search for trapped people at a collapsed building after an earthquake in Shuanghe Town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night. (Zeng Lang/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES Associated Press

  • In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers carry out a person from a collapsed building following a strong earthquake at Putao village of Shuanghe town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Zhuang Ge'er/Xinhua via AP)

    In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers carry out a person from a collapsed building following a strong earthquake at Putao village of Shuanghe town in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Zhuang Ge'er/Xinhua via AP) Associated Press

  • In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, medical staff tend to a wounded at a local hospital in the aftermath of an earthquake in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, early Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed and injured some, officials and news reports said. (Wan Min/Xinhua via AP)

    In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, medical staff tend to a wounded at a local hospital in the aftermath of an earthquake in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, early Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed and injured some, officials and news reports said. (Wan Min/Xinhua via AP) Associated Press

 
 

BEIJING -- Rescue efforts are underway after an earthquake in southwestern China that has left 12 people dead and 134 others injured.

The Yibin city press office said on its social media account that 73 houses had collapsed.

The Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management said hundreds of firefighters arrived early Tuesday and had rescued eight trapped people.

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake and a 5.1 magnitude aftershock struck the area in Sichuan province late Monday night. Aftershocks continued into Tuesday morning.

State broadcaster CCTV reported that a hospital in Changning county had transferred all of its patients because of building damage.

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