The death toll from the 6.8-magnitude earthquake in southwest China’s Sichuan province has risen to 95.

According to Chinese media, the earthquake originated at a depth of 10 kilometers from the earth’s surface at 1 am local time last week.

The earthquake caused ‘severe residential damage due to mountain landslides’ in several cities in Sichuan province. Besides, telecommunication lines were cut in some areas.

The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers about 43 kilometers southeast of the city of Kangding in Sichuan province, the USGS said.

State-run CCTV reported on Tuesday that 55 people died in an area known as Ganxi and 38 in the city of Yan in the strongest earthquake to hit the province in 5 years.

Earthquakes are almost a normal occurrence in southwest China. Earthquakes are often seen in these regions.

A magnitude 8 earthquake in Sichuan’s Wenchuan County in 2008 killed tens of thousands of people and caused extensive damage.

In June this year, two earthquakes in southwest China killed at least four people and injured dozens.

(September 13)