nothing good comes out of china part 9
I have not one gram of sympathy for this repugnant country ......i blame them for first of all covid ........they fucked up a lot of shit ...through their ignorance and stupidity and greed and disrespect for animal life ......that i hate them for .....secondly .......they do nto give a fuck about life on any level ......so them having a quake ....is par for the course for being assholes to the world ......they do not care they are being paid back ....i honestly hope there are more quakes .....i have no sympathy on any level for this servile nation
(Corrects milestone for quake in headline, paras 1 and 11 to 2017, not 2013)
BEIJING, Sept 5 (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck China's Sichuan on Monday, the strongest to hit the province since 2017, with the shaking felt in the provincial capital of Chengdu and hundreds of kilometres away in the cities of Xian and Changsha.
There were no immediate reports of any casualties while media reported some damage.
The epicentre was at the town of Luding at a depth of 16 km (10 miles), the China Earthquake Networks Centre said, about 226 km (140 miles) southwest of Chengdu, a city of about 21 million people.
"The shaking was quite strong and it lasted for a while," said Shirley Li, who lives on the 30th floor of an apartment block in Chengdu, which is under a COVID-19 lockdown, after suffering summer heatwaves.
"It's been a hard time for us - heatwaves, the COVID lockdown and now the earthquake."
An aftershock of a magnitude of 4.2 struck the city of Yaan, about 100 km (60 miles) southwest of Chengdu, minutes later.
Earthquakes are common in the southwestern province of Sichuan, especially its mountains in the west, a tectonically active area along the eastern boundary of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau.
In Luding, the quake was so strong it was hard for some people to remain standing while cracks appeared on some houses, according to state media China News Service.
Video clips posted on social media showed lights swinging while people rushed out of buildings into the streets.
A total of 39,000 people live within a 20-km (12.5 miles) radius of the epicentre and 1.55 million within a 100-km (62 miles) radius, according to state television.
The quake was Sichuan's biggest since August 2017, when a magnitude 7.0 quake hit Aba prefecture.
"We heard the alarm sound via speakers 20 or 30 seconds before the earthquake," said a Chengdu resident surnamed Yang.
Speakers broadcasting earthquake alarms are installed in communities and kindergartens and primary schools, Yang said.
The most powerful Sichuan earthquake on record was in May 2008 when a magnitude 8.0 quake centred in Wenchuan killed almost 70,000 people and caused extensive damage.
Monday's quake was felt as far away as Changsha in Hunan province and Xian in Shaanxi province hundreds of kilometres away, according to social media posts. (Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Editing by Kim Coghill, Robert Birsel)