China earthquake: Death toll rises to 65 as aftershocks rattle southwestern province

Aftershocks had been nonetheless being felt on Tuesday, state media stated, a day after the US Geological Survey (USGS) stated a 6.6-magnitude quake shook the area southwest of Sichuan’s capital Chengdu round 1 p.m. Monday.

To date 248 accidents have been reported and at the least 12 folks stay lacking, in accordance with state media.

Pictures confirmed rescue employees carrying injured residents over makeshift bridges in Luding County, close to the quake’s epicenter.

The USGS stated quake’s epicenter was about 43 kilometers (27 miles) southeast of Kangding, a metropolis of round 100,000 folks. Over one million residents in surrounding areas are estimated to have skilled average tremors within the aftermath of the quake, it added.

Some houses had been severely broken within the quake, with pictures showing to point out complete buildings had collapsed into piles of bricks and picket beams.

Houses collapse in Luding county, Ganzi prefecture, Sichuan Province, China, Sept 5, 2022.

China activated a Stage 3 emergency response and dispatched rescue employees to Luding County on Monday, in accordance with China’s State Council. Chinese language broadcaster CGTN stated rescue employees had been serving to to clear roads blocked by landslides triggered by the quake.

Sichuan, a province of 84 million folks, was already dealing with a really difficult summer season earlier than the highly effective quake. Within the final two months, the province has endured drought and its worst heatwaves in 60 years.

The landlocked space is vulnerable to earthquakes due to the Langmenshan Fault which runs by Sichuan’s mountains.

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Sichuan in 2008 was one of many nation’s most devastating. Virtually 90,000 folks had been killed and tremors had been felt in cities greater than 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) away.
Final yr, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, killing three folks and injuring 60, in accordance with state media on the time.