Posted BY: Margaret Flavin

On Monday, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan in China’s southwestern province leaving at least 46 people dead with 16 missing in subsequent landslides.

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AP reports:

At least 46 people were reported killed and 16 missing 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 quake 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.

In recent months, Sichuan has suffered a heat wave and subsequent drought while million are under extended lockdown due to strict Covid Zero.