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Largest earthquake in Sichuan since 2017 claimed 66 lives in Luding; many countries, intl organizations expressed condolences

2022-09-07 09:38:17       source:Global Times

September 6, 2022

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake that jolted Luding county in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, the largest earthquake in Sichuan since 2017, claimed at least 66 lives and injured 253 people as of Tuesday, and while China is making all-out efforts to save lives and minimize casualties, many countries sent their profound condolences and sympathies over the disaster. 

With the use of home-made drones and satellites to restore communications and provide remote sensing and meteorological services, China's earthquake response has improved immensely since the fatal Wenchuan earthquake in 2008.However, Chinese seismologists warned that the epicenter and nearby regions in Sichuan have to prepare for possible secondary disasters after the quake such as mudslides and landslides in the following days and even years. 

As of 2 pm Tuesday, 66 people are dead due to the tremor, including 38 from Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture which administers Luding county, and 28 in Ya'an city. Fifteen people are missing and 253 people are injured, according to Sichuan provincial emergency management department. 

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