3 dead in earthquake in southwest China; 35 houses reported collapsed

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers walk near debris in the aftermath of an earthquake in Fuji Township of Luxian County in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.An earthquake collapsed homes, killed some and injured others Thursday in southwest China’s Sichuan province, state media reported. (Jiang Hongjing/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING — An earthquake destroyed houses, killed at least three people and injured dozens Thursday in southwest China’s Sichuan province.

Rescue work was underway following the magnitude 6.0 earthquake.

It struck at 4:33 a.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) in Luxian, a county in the city of Luzhou, the official Xinhua News Agency said. State broadcaster CCTV said 88 people were injured, three seriously, and that 35 houses had collapsed.

The epicenter was about 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Chengdu, the provincial capital.

Xinhua reported that collapsed walls and houses could be seen on the way to the epicenter, and that electricity had been cut in much of Jiaming town. Residents could be seen cleaning up.

Rescue workers were going door-to-door in heavy rain searching for people in damaged homes in Fuji town to move them to temporary shelters, Xinhua said. Workers distributed mooncakes, a traditional treat for next week’s Mid-Autumn Festival, and other food at one shelter.

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

More than 3,200 people have been moved to 79 shelters, CCTV said.

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