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Powerful earthquake in China kills 21

Earthquake hit Luding county in Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China’s Sichuan province at 12:52 pm (Beijing time) has caused landslides and damage to homes and power interruptions.

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Beijing: A powerful earthquake with magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale struck China’s Sichuan province on Monday killing at least 21 people. This was the strongest earthquake to hit the region since 2017.

Chinese local media reported that the earthquake that hit Luding county in Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China’s Sichuan province at 12:52 pm (Beijing time) has caused landslides and damage to homes and power interruptions.

As per the China Earthquake Networks Center, the epicentre of the earthquake was at 29.59 degrees north latitude and 102.08 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 16 km.

The tremor was felt in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, which is 226 km away from the epicentre, where a Covid-19 outbreak restricted most of their compounds under China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy.

In Luding, the quake was so strong it was hard for some people to remain standing, while cracks appeared on some houses, the China News Service reported.

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