Dozens of people have been reported dead after a strong earthquake struck southwest China on Monday, per multiple reports.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the 6.6-magnitude quake struck just southwest of Sichuan's capital Chengdu around 1 p.m. local time. The epicenter was located about 27 miles southeast of the city Kangding.
CCTV said the earthquake also sparked landslides that left one town with "severe damage," according to The Guardian.
STRINGER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Building damage caused by the Sept. 5 earthquake in China's Sichuan Province
About 250 people were injured by the quake, including approximately 150 individuals in the city of Moxi, per the AP.
CCTV said an additional 16 people are missing, according to CNN and The Guardian.
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STRINGER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Rescuers in China's Sichuan Province after the Sept. 5 earthquake
Aftershocks continued into Tuesday, impacting an estimated one million people, according to CNN.
The Sichuan seismological authority announced that over 1,000 soldiers had been summoned to assist in the rescue efforts, The Guardian reported.
CCTV said China's President Xi Jinping ordered local authorities to "make saving lives the first priority" and "minimize loss of life" in areas significantly impacted by the quake, per the outlet.
Photo by STRINGER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Rocks strewn across a roadway after the Sept. 5 earthquake in China
Sichuan is susceptible to earthquakes due to the Longmenshan Fault, which borders the Sichuan Basin, according to a 2018 article published by the American Geophysical Union.
In June, Sichuan experienced two earthquakes that killed four people and injured dozens more, per The Guardian.
Monday's quake hit as residents were on lockdown for COVID-19, per the reports. One Chengdu resident, identified by The Guardian as "Chen," said the lockdown left residents with limited options as they sought safety.
"Because Chengdu is under epidemic management, people aren't allowed to leave their residential compounds," Chen told the outlet, "so many of them rushed out into their courtyards."
STR/CNS/AFP via Getty Rescuers in China's Sichuan provide after the Sept. 5 earthquake
"These so-called extreme weather events will have more impact on our lives and electricity supply," Li Shuo, a climate adviser with Greenpeace in Beijing, told CNN. "And perhaps we all need to reconsider whether these extreme events will become the new normal."