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Xi orders all-out rescue efforts after 6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Sichuan, killing at least 46

2022-09-06 11:12:40       source:Global Times

September 5, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged all-out relief efforts to prioritize saving lives and minimizing casualties after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Luding county in Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday, killing at least 46 people and leaving 50 injured.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the instruction after the quake hit Luding county at 12:52 pm. The epicenter was monitored at 29.59 degrees north latitude and 102.08 degrees east longitude, at a depth of 16 kilometers in Luding county. 

The tremor was felt obviously in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, which is about 220 kilometers from the epicenter. Residents in other neighboring regions also felt it, according to the Sichuan Earthquake Administration.

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