6.6-magnitude earthquake in China kills over 30

6.6-magnitude earthquake in China kills over 30

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake in China, the biggest to hit the region since 2017, shook the Sichuan province of China, killing more than 30 people.

According to state television, landslides damaged some roads and residences close to the epicenter, and communications were disrupted in at least one location.

In Sichuan, where the tectonic plates collide on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, earthquakes frequently occur. At least four people were killed in two quakes in June.

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Sichuan in 2008 and killed approximately 90,000 people was the deadliest earthquake to strike China in recent memory. Outside of Chengdu, the provincial capital, the temblor destroyed towns, schools, and rural settlements, sparking a years-long effort to rebuild with stronger materials.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the epicenter was in the mountains 226 kilometers southwest of Chengdu at the village of Luding.

The western mountains of the Sichuan province in the southwest, which is a tectonically active region along the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, are particularly prone to earthquakes.

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