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Sichuan China quake leaves dozens dead

Beijing: At least 46 people were killed and 16 missing in a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in southwest China’s Sichuan province on Monday, reports said, triggering landslides and shaking rocks. buildings in the provincial capital, Chengdu, whose 21 million people are already under COVID-19 lockdown below.

The China Earthquake Network Center said the quake hit a mountainous area in Luding County shortly after noon.

Rockfalls are seen on a road near Lengqi Town in Luding County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.Credit:Associated press

Sichuan sits on the edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, where tectonic plates meet, and is often hit by earthquakes. Two earthquakes in June killed at least four people.

A power outage in Moxi, a historic town in Ganzi prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region, damaged buildings and killed 29 people. Tents have been set up for more than 50,000 people evacuated from homes made unsafe by the earthquake, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

State broadcaster China Central Television showed rescuers pulling an unharmed woman from a collapsed house in Moxi, where many buildings were made of a mixture of wood and bricks. According to reports, around 150 people were injured to varying degrees.

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Earlier, authorities reported seven deaths in Luding County and another 14 in neighboring Shimian County to the south. Three of the dead were workers at the Hailuogou Scenic Area in the Glacier and Forest Nature Reserve.

In addition to fatalities, authorities reported rocks and earth falling from the hill, causing damage to homes and power outages, CCTV reported. The Ministry of Emergency Management said a landslide had blocked a rock-strewn country road.

Buildings shook in Chengdu, 200 kilometers from the epicentre. Resident Jiang Danli said she hid under a desk for five minutes in her 31st floor apartment. Many of his neighbors rushed downstairs, worried about the aftershocks.

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