Earthquake in southwest China leaves at least three dead (PHOTOS)

A strong earthquake in southwest China left at least three dead. Around 88 people were injured and three are in a serious condition. Loca...

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  • A strong earthquake in southwest China left at least three dead.
  • Around 88 people were injured and three are in a serious condition.
  • Local media reported that some 35 houses had collapsed.

A strong earthquake destroyed houses, killed at least three people and injured dozens on Thursday in southwest China’s Sichuan province. Rescue work was underway after the 6.0 magnitude earthquake.





According to the official Xinhua news agency, the quake struck at 4:33 a.m. on Thursday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) in Luxian, a county in the Chinese city of Luzhou. State broadcaster CCTV said about 88 people were injured, three of them remain in serious condition. The Associated Press also reported that some 35 houses had collapsed.

Earthquake in China leaves at least 3 dead

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The epicenter of the quake was about 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Chengdu, the provincial capital. The Xinhua News Agency reported that collapsed walls and houses could be seen on the way to the epicenter of the earthquake, and that power had been cut off in much of the city of Jiaming. Local media showed groups of residents cleaning up the rubble.

Rescuers were going door-to-door in heavy rain looking for people in damaged houses in Fuji city to transfer them to temporary shelters, Xinhua said. Workers distributed moon cakes, a traditional gift for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival week, and other food in a shelter.

“Some bricks fell off the wall”

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Lai Jianrong, a Fuji resident, told Xinhua that she felt a slight tremor around 4 a.m. and ran barefoot in her nightgown when the tremors became intense. “Some bricks fell off the wall and I didn’t dare to go inside again,” the agency said, quoting her.

More than 3,200 people have been transferred to 79 shelters, CCTV said. Western China is regularly affected by earthquakes. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake in May 2008 killed nearly 90,000 people in Sichuan, many of them in collapsed schools and other poorly constructed buildings.

What to do in the event of an earthquake?

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The Chilean Ministry of the Interior and Public Security released a guide for the prevention and information in case of earthquakes. These are the aspects that you should consider: Always have the safe areas of your home, school or work identified. In the event of an earthquake, stay away from furniture, lamps, and windows that could break.

Duck and cover. The most important thing is that you protect yourself. Stay inside your home. Take the stairs if you need to go outside. If you are on the street, stay away from buildings and power poles. Protect your head with your arms. If you are driving, stop the car in a safe place. Put on the flashing lights

Other suggestions in case of earthquake

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Other suggestions are: Do not walk barefoot, you could hurt yourself with a sharp object that has fallen to the ground. Use flashlights. Don’t light candles or use matches. If you are trapped, hit with an object to signal your position. It is not advisable to yell, on the contrary, cover your mouth and nose so that the dust does not affect you.

It is also important to have a emergency kit Containing: A list of emergency telephone numbers, primary medical assistance items, portable radio with batteries, flashlight with batteries and important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates or deeds, as indicated by Civil Protection of Mexico.

What things should NOT be done?

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Elevators or elevators should not be used in the event of an earthquake. Do not use matches or lighters. To illuminate, use flashlights. Avoid running, yelling, or pushing others. Keep calm. Avoid staying near kitchens or places where there are power lines.

It is advisable to have the account of the official security organizations in your country on your social networks so that you stay informed. This way you get information from the right source and know what to do or where to go in the event of an unexpected situation.

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