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Aftershocks in Sichuan forecast to keep hitting


08:45, December 22, 2011

AFTERSHOCKS from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Province that left over 80,000 people dead will continue for a very long time, an expert said yesterday.

"Aftershocks of magnitude 5.6 are still likely to strike the area, but those above magnitude 7 are unlikely," Liu Jie, director of the Forecast Department under the China Earthquake Networks Center, told Xinhua news agency during a seminar in Chengdu.

An 8-magnitude quake hit the southwestern China region on May 12, 2008, killing 87,000 people and leaving widespread devastation. Wenchuan County was the epicenter.

In terms of the intensity and scope of destruction, the quake is believed to have surpassed the 7.8-magnitude quake in 1976 in Tangshan, Hebei Province, which claimed more than 240,000 lives.


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