ISTANBUL, Sept 5 — At least seven people were killed when a powerful earthquake jolted southwest China on Monday afternoon.

Anadolu Agency cited Chinese public broadcaster CGTN reported that seven people were killed after a magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit Sichuan province.

According to China Earthquake Networks Centre, the earthquake hit near Luding county of the province at a depth of 16 kilometers (10 miles).

The centre reported the earthquake at around 12:52 p.m. local time (04:52GMT).

The nearby areas of Luding county, including Chengdu city, felt strong aftershocks.

Videos on social media uploaded after the earthquake showed rubble and debris blocking traffic on roads.

“Some people are trapped under collapsed houses,” the report added.

The Chinese government issued a level-III national emergency response while massive rescue and relief operations are underway.


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