Nur-Sultan, 7 September 2022 (TDI): The President of Kazakh, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, sent a telegram of condolence to the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, on September 6 following the earthquake in China.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in his telegram to the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, wrote that he received news about the death and injuries of many citizens due to the earthquake in the Sichuan region with deep depression.

He wrote, “In such a difficult moment, I share your sorrows, and on behalf of all Kazakhstani people and personally, I express my condolences to you and the families who lost their loved ones, as well as to the friendly people of China.”

“I wish for the speedy recovery of those injured in the natural disaster and the safe return of the missing to their families, the President’s telegram reads,” the Kazakh President further added.

Earthquake in Sichuan

An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck China’s Sichuan province, killing more than 40 people and shaking the capital Chengdu. The earthquake struck at 13:00 local time (05:00 GMT) on September 5 in Sichuan province at a depth of 10km (6 miles). The epicenter of the earthquake was Luding.

The quake was so strong in Luding and it was hard for some people to remain standing. This was Sichuan’s biggest earthquake since August 2017, when one of magnitude 7.0 hit Aba prefecture.

The most powerful earthquake in Sichuan was recorded in May 2008 when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake centered in Wenchuan killed nearly 70,000 people and caused extensive damage.

Earthquakes are common in the Sichuan province of China, especially in its mountains in the west, a tectonically active area along the eastern boundary of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau.

Sichuan province has activated the highest level of emergency response for the earthquake. The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has ordered all-out rescue efforts after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake.