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Fallen debris seen on a road in Luding county, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province, September 5, 2022.   --Photo Xinhua

China rushes team after quake jolts Sichuan county

(China Daily/ANN) -- A 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Luding county in Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwest China’s Sichuan province at 12:52 pm on Monday, triggering a national emergency response of Level, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
China has a four-tier emergency response system, with Level-I representing the most severe response.
The ministry has dispatched a team headed by Min Yiren, head of China Earthquake Administration, to guide the disaster relief work in Luding, said a press release from the ministry.
It said 530 rescuers have left for the county as a group of 30 firefighters head to the epicentre of the earthquake to check the situation.
Wang Xiangxi, minister of emergency management, arrived at the ministry’s command centre soon after the quake to coordinate disaster relief work, it said.
The quake has killed seven people on Monday afternoon, according to a news conference held by the local government.
The damage to roads, communications and houses is being checked at present.
The Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture has dispatched rescue forces of 635 people including armed police, firefighters, medical workers, communication professionals, power technicians, and transportation professionals to carry out rescue work. The epicentre was monitored at 29.59 degrees north latitude and 102.08 degrees east longitude, at a depth of 16 km, the China Earthquake Networks Centre said.

(Latest Update September 6, 2022)

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