Deadly earthquake kills three as thousands evacuated and ‘homes shake’

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Three people have died after a terrifying earthquake shook a Chinese province.

As many as 57 others are expected to be injured, according to authorities.

Initial reports claimed two people had passed away but it's now believed to be three.

Three others are seriously wounded.

Thousands of rescuers have been dispatched to aid the efforts after almost 7,000 people have been evacuated from Sichuan.

The magnitude 6.0 quake occurred in Luxian county around 4.30am local time.

It's said 6,904 people have been taking out of the area and more than 200 homes were damaged.

However, recent reports state as many as 737 homes could have collapsed in the aftershocks, and 72 further severely damaged.

Residents say they felt their houses "shake" during the earthquake.

The epicentre was monitored at 29.2 degrees north latitude and 105 degrees east, with the natural disaster striking at a depth of 10km, the CENC said.

Public transport has been affected with train services on several lines being suspended while tracks are surveyed for possible damage.

Red Star News reports that all classes in schools across the country have been suspended until further notice.

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Authorities will be checking for potential safety hazards ahead of the schools reopening.

The Sichuan province is surrounded by seismically active plate tectonic blocks.

The northwestern edge is colliding with the Tibetan Plateau, causing the region to be bombarded with quakes.

In 2008, thousands were killed and others injured when the province endured a magnitude 8 earthquake.

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Reports on Weibo, Chinese social media sites, claim up to 737 houses collapsed after the disaster, although officials have not confirmed this number yet.

Photographs from the scene show rescuers being deployed via buses and coaches to the worst-hit areas of the province.

Other clips reveal huge piles of debris on the ground, with bricks and buildings crashing during the quake.

People say they felt their 'homes shake' in the terrifying ordeal, with reports dozens are left injured.

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