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Earthquake kills 65, triggers landslide in southwest China


BEIJING (AP) — At least 65 people were killed and hundreds injured in a powerful earthquake that triggered landslides and shaking buildings in southwest China, state media said on Sept. 6.

At least 16 people are missing a day after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Luding county in Sichuan province. Luding County is located on the edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, where the plates meet, and is often hit by earthquakes. The earthquake shook buildings in the provincial capital Chengdu, where 21 million residents are already under COVID-19 lockdown.

A power outage in Moxi, a historic town in Ganzi Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, damaged buildings and killed 37 people. According to the official Xinhua news agency, tents were set up for more than 50,000 people who were evacuated from their homes made unsafe by the earthquake.

CCTV footage showed rescuers pulling an uninjured woman from a collapsed house in Moxi, many of which were constructed of wood and brick. According to reports, about 150 people were injured to varying degrees.

Another 28 people were killed in Shimian County, a suburb of neighboring Ya’an city. Another 248 people were injured, mainly in Moxi, and 12 others were missing.

Three of the dead were workers at the Hailuogou Scenic Area in the Glacier and Forest Nature Reserve.
In addition to the deaths, authorities also reported falling rocks and soil from the hillside, causing damage to houses and power outages, CCTV said. The Ministry of Emergency Management said a landslide blocked a country road, which was littered with rocks.

Buildings shook in Chengdu, 125 miles from the epicenter.

The earthquake and blockade came after a heat wave and drought that caused water shortages and power outages due to Sichuan’s reliance on hydropower. This comes on top of the latest major lockdown under China’s strict “zero-coronavirus” policy.

The deadliest earthquake in China in recent years was a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in 2008 that killed nearly 90,000 people in Sichuan. The earthquake devastated towns, schools and rural communities outside Chengdu, leading to a years-long effort to rebuild with more durable materials.



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