Earthquake in China kills not decrease than 21 of us

China’s state media says not decrease than 21 of us have been killed in a 6.eight-magnitude earthquake inside the southwestern province of Sichuan.

The quake triggered landslides and shook buildings inside the provincial capital of Chengdu, whose 21 million residents are already underneath a COVID-19 lockdown.

The temblor struck a mountainous space in Luding county shortly after noon on Monday, the China Earthquake Networks center mentioned.

Sichuan, which sits on the sting of the Tibetan Plateau the place tectonic plates meet, is usually hit by earthquakes. Two quakes in June killed not decrease than 4 of us.

This picture reveals the aftermath of the earthquake in Hailuogou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Monday. (STR/AFP/Getty photos)

Rescue crews on scene

Authorities reported landslides and harm to properties and vitality interruptions, state broadcaster CCTV mentioned. One landslide blocked a rural freeway, leaving it strewn with rocks, the Ministry of Emergency administration mentioned.

“A 300-member rescue group has arrived on the quake zone to maintain out rescue operations,” mentioned China’s ambassador to ASEAN Deng Xijun on Twitter.

Chengdu resident Jiang Danli mentioned she hid underneath a desk for 5 minutes in her thirty first flooring house, whereas a lot of her neighbours rushed downstairs.

“There was a sturdy earthquake in June, however it wasn’t very scary. This time i used to be actually scared, as a consequence of I reside on a extreme flooring and the shaking made me dizzy,” she advised The associated Press.

The earthquake and lockdown observe a warmth wave and drought that led to water shortages and vitality cuts attributable to Sichuan’s reliance on hydropower.

The previous two months in Chengdu “have been bizarre,” Jiang mentioned.

Rescue workers change affords shut to tents arrange for of us displaced in June after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Yaan, in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. (CNS/AFP/Getty photos)

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 6.6 for Monday’s quake at a comparatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres. Preliminary measurements by completely different businesses usually differ barely.

China’s deadliest earthquake in latest instances was a 7.9-magnitude quake in 2008 that killed almost ninety,000 of us in Sichuan. The temblor devastated cities, faculties and rural communities exterior Chengdu, ensuing in a years-prolonged effort to rebuild with extra resistant supplies.