An earthquake in southwest China has killed at least seven people. Earthquakes on Monday in Sichuan province reached magnitude 6.8, according to seismologists, state media reported. The tremors were particularly felt in the Luding district southwest of the metropolis of Chengdu.
In 2008, the province was hit by a severe 7.9 magnitude earthquake. At that time, more than 80,000 people died. Sichuan lies at the edge of the thrust zone of the Indian tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate. Because of plate shifts, the province is particularly at risk of earthquakes.