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Seismologist: Destructive Aftershocks Not Likely to Happen in Sichuan

The trend of aftershocks became weakened and it was not likely any strong destructive aftershocks could happen in the Sichuan Basin the next few days, said Deng Changwen, deputy-director of the Sichuan Provincial Seismological Bureau on Friday.

However, he said, Sichuan might still have several 5 to 6-magnitude aftershocks. But they would not cause any damage to the urban area of the provincial capital Chengdu.

As of 0:00 AM Friday, 4432 aftershocks had been recorded with the highest level of 6.5-magnitude. It seemed that there was a weakened trend of aftershocks, he said.

(Xinhua News Agency May 16, 2008)

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