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China: Rescue operations continue in Sichuan after earthquake kills dozens

Destruction in Luding county, Sichuan, China
Destruction in Luding county, Sichuan, China Copyright Ran Peizong/Xinhua via AP
Copyright Ran Peizong/Xinhua via AP
By Joao Vitor Da Silva Marques
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Rescue operations continue in China after a devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Sichuan province.

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Rescue operations continue in southwestern China after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least 74 people.

According to Chinese state media, the quake struck at 13:00 local time in Sichuan province on Monday.

Local media say it triggered mountain landslides causing "serious damage".

The epicentre was at Luding, a small town in a remote mountain region southwest of Chengdu, according to experts.

Just last week 21 million people in Sichuan's capital Chengdu were ordered to stay at home because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Tremors shook buildings in Chengdu and the neighbouring mega-city of Chongqing, leaving roads blocked and cutting communication lines to more than 10,000 residents.

The shocks also forced some power stations to shut down.

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