China earthquake: A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Sichuan Province, southwest China

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake was reported at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) southwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that it was close to 1 p.m. local time on Monday.

The epicenter was about 43 kilometers (27 miles) southeast of Kangding, a city of about 100,000 people, according to the US Geological Survey.

At least 50 people were also injured and 16 others are still missing, according to CCTV.

It added that it is estimated that more than a million residents in the surrounding areas experienced moderate tremors in the aftermath of the quake.

China has activated a level 3 emergency response and sent rescue workers to Luoding County, near the epicenter, according to China’s State Council. China’s CGTN broadcaster said rescue workers were helping to clear roads blocked by landslides caused by the quake.

Sichuan Province, with a population of 84 million, was already facing a very difficult summer before the strong earthquake. In the past two months, the province has suffered drought and his Worst heatwave in 60 years.

The landlocked region is prone to earthquakes due to the Langmenshan Fault, which runs through the Sichuan Mountains.

a A 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan Province in 2008 It was one of the most devastated parts of the country. Nearly 90,000 people were killed and earthquakes were felt in cities more than 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) away.
last yeara 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan, killing three people and injuring 60 others, according to state media at the time.
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