A timeline of the M6.8 quake in Sichuan Province, China

SUMMARY

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake jolted Luding County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, at 12:52 p.m. on Monday.

Here is what we know so far: 

– A total of 66 people were killed, over 250 injured, 15 missing, as of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.

– Sichuan has activated the highest level of emergency response for the earthquake.

– China has raised its earthquake emergency response to Level II.

TIMELINE

16:15, 06-Sep-2022

66 killed after M6.8 quake hits China’s Sichuan

As of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, a total of 66 people have been killed in a magnitude-6.8 earthquake that jolted Luding County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Monday, said local authorities.

Thirty-eight people were killed in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and the other 28 died in Shimian County of Ya’an City.

12:04, 06-Sep-2022

Sichuan earthquake: Rescuers on the way to save trapped individuals

Rescue efforts are underway as a result of the reopening of the road from Shimian county center to Xinmin Town in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. 

10:52, 06-Sep-2022

Quake toll hits 37 in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture

A total of 37 people are confirmed dead, 12 are missing and 170 have been hospitalized following Monday’s earthquake in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

Over 200 trapped at Hailuogou Scenic Spot after earthquake

Over 200 people are still trapped at the quake-stricken Hailuogou Scenic Spot, a glacier and forest nature reserve.

Work is underway to clear the only road connecting the area with Moxi Town in Luding County, according to CMG reporters from the scene.

10:22, 06-Sep-2022

Earthquake death toll rises to 28 in Sichuan’s Shimian County

A total of 28 people are confirmed dead and 78 have been hospitalized following Monday’s earthquake in Shimian County, Ya’an City, in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

09:33, 06-Sep-2022

M6.8 quake death toll rises to 46 in SW China’s Sichuan Province

A total of 46 people died, over 50 got injured and 16 went missing after a magnitude-6.8 earthquake jolted Luding County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on September 5. Among the deceased, 29 are from Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and 17 from Ya’an City. The earthquake relief headquarters in Ganzi activated its highest level of emergency response. More than 50,000 people in Ganzi and Ya’an have been temporarily relocated.

07:11, 06-Sep-2022

66 killed after M6.8 quake hits China’s Sichuan

At least 66 people were killed in a magnitude-6.8 earthquake that jolted Luding County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, local authorities said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Thirty-eight people were killed in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and the other 28 died in Shimian County of Ya’an City.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, 12 people were missing and 170 were found injured in Ganzi, including 56 seriously injured. A total of 78 people were injured in Shimian County as of 5:50 a.m. Tuesday.

The earthquake struck Luding County at 12:52 p.m. Monday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Sichuan has activated the highest level of emergency response for the earthquake.

The Red Cross Society of China initiated a Level-III emergency response following the earthquake, with the first batch of relief materials consisting of 320 tents, 2,200 relief packages, 1,200 quilts and 300 folding beds dispatched to the affected area.

Local authorities are making all-out efforts to rescue the injured, speed up the opening of rescue channels and the repair of infrastructure in affected areas, prevent secondary disasters, and minimize casualties and losses.

As of noon Tuesday, the Department of Natural Resources of Sichuan Province has allocated 448 people, 111 vehicles and drones, as well as 146 sets of other equipment to participate in a secondary geological disaster emergency investigation, which has checked 501 hidden danger points and 15 new hidden danger points, CCTV News reported.  

At present, 11,252 people under threat have been evacuated, and no casualties have been reported due to secondary geological disasters in and around the quake-hit area, according to CCTV News. 

Mountainous Sichuan is prone to earthquakes. The 2008 Wenchuan earthquake left more than 80,000 people dead or missing.

21:45, 05-Sep-2022

Over 30 dead after powerful earthquake hits SW China’s Sichuan

More than 30 people were killed after a magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Monday, local officials said.

The Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture has activated the highest level of emergency response due to the earthquake.

21:26, 05-Sep-2022

Aerial shots: Rescue teams arrive at quake epicenter

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake at a depth of 16 kilometers jolted Luding County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on September 5. Several land and air rescue teams rushed to the quake epicenter. Many roads near the epicenter are currently blocked due to landslides, and some of the affected people are gathered in open areas waiting for rescue. Rescue work is still underway.