China has a magnitude 6 earthquake in Sichuan

According to the official measurement results just announced by the China Seismic Network, a magnitude 6 earthquake occurred in Lu County, Luzhou City, Sichuan Province at 4:33 am this morning (September 16). local time, with the epicenter located at a depth of 10km.

Soon after, at 4:55 a.m., another earthquake with a magnitude of 2.8 also occurred in this district with an epicenter depth of 15km.

One could clearly feel the earthquake in the city of Luzhou. Many locals here were woken up and had to run to the street. Boarding students at schools had to be evacuated to safety.

At least 2 people were killed, 44 were injured, including 3 seriously. Dozens of doors collapsed or were damaged. The city of Luzhou had to immediately activate a level 1 emergency response, which is the highest level.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management also activated a level 3 earthquake emergency response and sent a working group to the scene to direct the earthquake relief work.

More than 2,900 rescuers were dispatched to the scene to assist in finding survivors and deploying disaster relief.

The quake was nearly 200km from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, and only 124km from Chongqing city, so the shaking could be clearly felt.

According to statistics, within 200km of the epicenter, there have been a total of 252 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or higher in the past 5 years. An earthquake of the same magnitude 6 occurred in Yibin city, 105km from this epicenter on June 17, 2019.

Sichuan province is a locality where earthquakes occur frequently in China. About 70,000 people were killed in a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 8 that struck Wenchuan county in this province in May 2008.

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