Sep 6, 2022 - World

Earthquake in China leaves at least 66 dead, 250 injured

Rescuers transfer injured people in Luding county, Ganzi prefecture, Sichuan Province, China, Sept 5
Rescuers transfer injured people in Luding county, Ganzi prefecture, Sichuan Province, China, Sept. 5. Photo: CFOTO/Future Publishing via Getty Images

At least 66 people have been killed and another 250 were injured in an earthquake that struck China's southwestern Sichuan province on Monday, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing state media.

Driving the news: The 6.8-magnitude quake has caused landslides, disrupted power and water lines, and damaged thousands of homes, per Reuters.

  • Roughly 11,000 people have been evacuated from the area by rescuers, per Reuters.

The big picture: Aftershocks from the quake were still being felt on Tuesday and at least 12 people remained missing, per CNN.

  • The earthquake was also felt in the neighboring provinces of Shaanxi and Guizhou, per Reuters.
  • Chinese authorities continued enforcing a COVID-19 lockdown in Chengdu on Tuesday, forbidding residents to leave their apartment buildings. Though Chengdu felt the earthquake, the city did not report any resulting damage, AP reported.
  • Prior to the earthquake, Sichuan province was already contending with a drought and extreme heat wave.
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