Natural disasters

Natural disasters

Deadly quakes in Chinese town trigger anti-fracking protest
A Chinese county has suspended fracking operations after a series of deadly quakes triggered protests against the natural gas project. Three earthquakes of magnitude 4.7, 4.3 and 4.9 occurred in Rongxian county in the southwestern province of Sichuan between Sunday and Monday, causing two deaths and 12 injuries. Earthquakes touch a particularly sensitive nerve in Sichuan, where a magnitude-8 earthquake left 87,000 dead in 2008. On Sunday and Monday afternoon, more than 1,000 residents gathered at the local government building, demanding the fracking projects be halted, the Rongxian government said on its official website. The protesters left after talking with local officials, the governmen