A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Friday in Sichuan, the southwestern China province where a deadly earthquake killed tens of thousands of people in mid-May.

There were no initial reports of casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit around 4:30 p.m. local time about 65 kilometres north of Mianyang, one of the hardest-hit cities in the May 12 quake.

State media Xinhua News Agency reported a slight tremor in the provincial capital of Chengdu.

Nearly 70,000 people died when a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan 2½ months ago. Another 18,000 are still missing and five million were left homeless.

While the province has had hundreds of aftershocks, most have been of low intensity.

With files from the Associated Press