Earthquake in China kills nearly 50 people | Videos

a The earthquake hit Sichuan Province, Chinaand caused nearly 50 deaths, shaking the provincial capital Chengdu and other provinces even further.

So far, add 46 dead after the earthquakeaccording to the new China News Agency (Xinhua), citing local authorities.

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous region in Luding County, South Africa Sichuan ProvinceAt 12:52 p.m., according to the China Seismological Center.

For its part, the US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was of magnitude 6.6 and had an epicenter at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). It is usual that the initial measurements of different bodies do not coincide.

some Roads and homes close to the epicenter were damaged Due to landslides, communications were cut off in at least one area, according to state television.

No damage was recorded to dams or hydroelectric power stations located less than 50 km from the epicenter, although damage to the regional electricity grid affected about 40,000 users.

Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage. Sichuan, located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, where two tectonic plates meet, Earthquakes suffer regularly. At least four people were killed in June in two earthquakes in the region.

The Ministry of Emergency Management reported that a landslide closed a rural highway that was covered in boulders.

The earthquake was felt 200 kilometers (125 miles) away in the provincial capital Chengdu, where a The COVID-19 outbreak has confined most of its 21 million people for their apartment complexes, within the strict Chinese policy of “zero Covid”.

Jiang Danli, who lives in Chengdu, said he hid under a desk for five minutes in his apartment on the 31st floor. She said many of her neighbors ran downstairs.

“There was a strong earthquake in June, but it wasn’t very scary,” he told The Associated Press. “This time I got really scared because I live on a high floor and the shaking made me dizzy.”

Jiang said the past two months in Chengdu “have been strange.” The heat wave caused water shortages and power outages because Sishan relied on hydropower, to which the outbreak of the new virus and later the earthquake was added.

The The most dangerous earthquake in China In recent years a 7.9-magnitude earthquake killed nearly 90,000 people in Sichuan in 2008. The earthquake devastated rural towns, schools and villages outside Chengdu, leading to long-term efforts to rebuild with more resistant materials.

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