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China earthquake: 6.8 magnitude quake leaves 21 dead, triggers landslides

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FILE-A police offficer inspects a car on an empty road in China. (Photo credit should read Costfoto/Future Publishing via Getty Images) BEIJING - At least 21 people were reported killed in a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that shook China's southwestern province of Sichuan on Monday, triggering landslides and shaking buildings in the provincial capital of Chengdu, whose 21 million residents are already under a COVID-19 lockdown.The temblor struck a mountainous area in Luding county shortly after noon, the China Earthquake Networks Center said.Sichuan, which sits on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau where tectonic plates meet, is regularly hit by earthquakes.

Two quakes in June killed at least four people.Along with the deaths, authorities reported stones and soil falling from mountainsides, causing damage to homes and power interruptions, state broadcaster CCTV said.

One landslide blocked a rural highway, leaving it strewn with rocks, the Ministry of Emergency Management said.RELATED: China earthquakes: 2 strong temblors shake regions, killing 1Buildings shook in Chengdu, 200 kilometers (125 miles) away from the epicenter.

Resident Jiang Danli said she hid under a desk for five minutes in her 31st floor apartment. Many of her neighbors rushed downstairs, wary of aftershocks."There was a strong earthquake in June, but it wasn’t very scary.

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