Chinese city is in lockdown after deadly earthquake
At least seven people have died as a result of an earthquake in southwest China with a magnitude of 6.6. The earthquake occurred in Sichuan Province at a depth of 10 kilometres around 13:00 local time (05:00 GMT) (6 miles).
According to local media sources, the impact destroyed telephone lines and caused mountain landslides that resulted in "major damage."
The Covid regulations had previously instructed almost 21 million residents of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, to remain at home.
According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the quake's epicentre occurred in Luding, a village in a remote mountain region 226 kilometres southwest of Chengdu.
Buildings in Chengdu and the nearby megacity of Chongqing were shaken by tremors that also interrupted telecommunications cables in places with more than 10,000 inhabitants and obstructed highways.
According to the Chinese broadcaster, the shocks also prompted several power plants to close in the Garze and Ya'an regions.
According to official broadcaster CGTN, more than 500 rescuers have been sent to the disaster's epicentre, and workers are working to clear landslide-caused obstacles.
Individuals of Chengdu claimed to have witnessed panicked residents fleeing their high-rise buildings after receiving earthquake notifications on their phones.
Several people were so afraid that they started weeping, international PR expert Laura Luo told Reuters.
"All the dogs started barking as the shaking started. It was genuinely pretty frightful.
According to several of my downstairs neighbours, they felt it really obviously, Chen, a Chengdu resident, said the AFP news agency.
People aren't permitted to leave their home compounds since Chengdu is now undergoing epidemic management, therefore many of them ran into their courtyards in a hurry.
Of an effort to slow the surge in Covid cases, Chinese authorities on Friday closed down Chengdu as the latest city.
The most recent catastrophe occurred months after an earthquake in Sichuan, China, with a magnitude of 6.1. Due to its location near the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau's eastern border, Sichuan is an earthquake-prone region.
The most recent tragedy brought to mind an 8.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Wenchuan county in northwest Sichuan in 2008 and left 70,000 dead and extensive damage.