The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the city of Ya’an. The tremors damaged houses and caused landslides as well as interruption of electricity supply for about 40,000 customers. Authorities said the tremors damaged seven smaller hydroelectric plants. Because of the landslides, local roads are blocked and cut off, among other things, to two hundred people in the mountains in a park popular with tourists, writes the Reuters agency.
“The death toll has risen to 65, with 16 missing. The search for people who may be trapped under the debris continues,” state television CCTV said.
The tremors were also felt by residents of the provincial center of Chengdu, which is about 200 kilometers from the epicenter. It was announced in the city due to covid-19 #China priorities: there’s quite a bit of footage floating around on Chinese social media featuring residents arguing with officials in #Sichuan just after the earthquake hit. People are saying they want to be let out and being told the earthquake is not serious; stay inside. pic.twitter.com/bMJ9ilM7ce
affects the majority of its 21 million inhabitants.
#China priorities: there’s quite a bit of footage floating around on Chinese social media featuring residents arguing with officials in #Sichuan just after the earthquake hit. People are saying they want to be let out and being told the earthquake is not serious; stay inside. pic.twitter.com/bMJ9ilM7ce— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) September 6, 2022
State media reported that several aftershocks were reported in the surrounding areas. According to the US Geological Survey, a smaller 4.6-magnitude tremor hit eastern Tibet less than an hour after the initial tremor.
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