China: Firefighters carry injured villagers over raging river after deadly earthquake

Firemen carried injured villagers on stretchers over a raging river following an earthquake that rocked China on Monday.Video shows the rescuers carrying the locals over the rapids while crossing a makeshift bridge made of thin logs in Luding County, Sichuan province on September 6.The villagers had reportedly climbed the mountain in Moxi town 'to pick walnuts' when the tremors struck. The Sichuan Provincial Forest Fire Brigade said it launched a search and rescue operation after the seven people were reported missing. All of them have reportedly been found.The China Earthquake Networks Centre said the magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Luding County some 226 kilometres southwest of the capital Chengdu on Monday, September 5. Local sources reported that at least 82 people were killed and 270 injured, while 35 are still missing. More than 11,000 have been evacuated from the region.The United States Geological Survey placed the magnitude at 6.6, and said the quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres southeast of Kangding at 4:52 am UTC.The quake is reportedly the strongest to hit Sichuan since August 2017, when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rattled Aba prefecture.