Deadly earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shakes southwestern China

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At least seven people killed in strong earthquake hit southwestern China on Monday, triggering landslides and shaking residents in a major city that was on lockdown, state media reported.

The earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit a mountainous area in Sichuan province’s Luding province shortly after noon, the China Earthquake Networks Center said.

Earthquakes are quite common in the Sichuan area, which lies on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau where tectonic plates meet. At least four people were killed in two earthquakes in June.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured when a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan province in 2019.

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This photo from China’s Xinhua News Agency shows fallen rocks on a road near Lengqi Town in Luding County in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Monday, September 5, 2022.
(Xinhua via AP)

Monday’s earthquake damaged homes, caused landslides and cut power.

The quake was felt 200 miles away in the provincial capital of Chengdu, where a COVID-19 outbreak has confined most of its 21 million residents to their compound under China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy.

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The US Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 6.6 for Monday’s earthquake. Measurements by different agencies often differ slightly.

The Associated Press and Nicole Darrah of Fox News contributed to this report.



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