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Earthquake in China’s Sichuan kills seven people, shakes provincial capital

by Babu Patil
Earthquake in China's Sichuan kills seven people, shakes provincial capital

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes China’s Sichuan province on Monday. The epicenter was at Luding, a mountain town about 226 km southwest of Chengdu. Landslides damaged some roads and homes.

China’s Sichuan province was hit by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake On Monday, which killed at least seven people and shook Chengdu and other regions.

Landslides destroyed several roads and homes around the epicenter, and communications were down in at least one region, according to state media.

No dams or hydropower stations damage has been detected within 50 kilometers (31 miles) of the epicenter.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the epicenter was located in the mountain town of Luding, approximately 226 kilometers south-southwest of Chengdu.

Sichuan, a southwestern province, is prone to earthquakes, particularly in its western mountains, a tectonically active region along the eastern boundary of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.

Laura Luo, a resident of Chengdu, a city of around 21 million people, was on her way back to her apartment building when she observed residents in her neighborhood leaving their high-rise apartments in a panic after getting quake alerts on their mobile devices.

The worldwide PR consultant told Reuters, “Many individuals were so afraid that they began crying.” Once the trembling began, “Dogs began to bark. It was extremely frightening.”

According to official television, 39 thousand people live within 20 kilometers of the epicenter and 1.55 million within 100 kilometers.

The quake was the largest in Sichuan since August 2017, when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Aba prefecture.

The strongest earthquake ever recorded in Sichuan was in May 2008, when a magnitude 8.0 quake centered in Wenchuan killed around 70,000 people and caused severe damage.

According to official media, the quake on Monday – was also felt hundreds of kilometers away in the provinces of Yunnan, Shaanxi, and Guizhou.

Samantha Yang, a recent university graduate, and inhabitant of Chengdu, who is 23 years old, said that she had just finished lunch and was going to take a nap when she felt the earthquake.

Video clips posted on social media showed lights swinging while people rushed out of buildings into the streets....

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