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Massive earthquake hits mountainous region in China’s Sichuan province; see images

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Thu August 10 2017, 6:07 pm
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    At least 19 people were killed and nearly 250 others injured after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous region in China's southwest Sichuan province, with rescuers today evacuating over 45,000 tourists from the area. The temblor that struck the popular tourist destination in Jiuzhaigou County last night was followed by another 6.6-magnitude quake today in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang province, more than 2,000-km away.

    The massive earthquake in Sichuan struck at 9:19 PM (local time) on August 8 and the epicentre was monitored at a depth of 20 km, state-run Xinhua new agency reported. Sichuan is a quake-prone region. In May 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan and killed more than 80,000 people. In 2013, a 7.0-magnitude quake hit Lushan, in which 196 people were killed. Here are some images, which shows how much Sichuan effected due to the massive earthquake. (Reuters)

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    Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, is a national park famed for more than 140 lakes whose waters range from crystal-clear to turquoise, lying at the feet of forest-clad mountains. (Reuters)

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    The death toll in the quake in Sichuan has risen to 19, with 247 injured, including 40 seriously, authorities said. (Reuters)

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    Wang Zhibin, a police officer in Jiuzhaigou, said fallen rocks and landslides blocking roads had largely been cleared. (Reuters)

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    The quake was felt in the provincial capital Chengdu, about 300 kms south of the epicentre, and other regions in the neighbouring provinces of Gansu and Shaanxi. (Reuters)

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    Authorities should check the impact of the earthquake, evacuate and settle visitors and local people, and reduce death and injuries as much as possible, Xi said. (Reuters)

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    Over 800 workers are combing villages in search of anyone still trapped, the provincial quake relief headquarters said. (Reuters)

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    Rescue workers are assisting stranded tourists at the popular tourist destination and more than 45,000 tourists have so far been evacuated. (Reuters)

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    Tourist coaches and private vehicles have been pressed into service to help transport the stranded tourists. Power, communication and water supply in the area have been restored. (Reuters)

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    Rescue workers are trying to reach eight people trapped by debris after a building collapsed in Zhangzha township. (Reuters)

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    President Xi Jinping said, as the earthquake took place during the flood period and tourism season, authorities should enhance meteorological early warning and geological monitoring to guard against other disasters and try their best to protect people's lives and property. (Reuters)

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    The county also sent consultants to hotels, rural inns and streets to offer possible counselling service to tourists. (Reuters)

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    President Xi Jinping has called for all-out efforts to rapidly organise relief work and rescue the injured people. (Reuters)

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    Premier Li Keqiang urged local authorities to go all out in relief and monitoring work. (Reuters)

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    China's cabinet, the State Council, has sent a national work team to the disaster-hit area to guide relief work. Local governments have also activated top-level emergency response procedures. (Reuters)

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    The province's paramilitary police has also sent out forces with life detecting equipment to search for survivors who may be buried under rubble. (Reuters)

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    At around 6 AM, the first emergency rescue flight carrying a team of nearly 100 arrived at the Jiuzhai-Huanglong Airport, the transportation hub for relief work. (Reuters)

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    Shen Ji, director of the provincial health and family planning commission, said more than 30 ambulances and over 500 health personnel had gone to the affected areas. (Reuters)

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    People in neighbouring cities of Urumqi, Changji, Yining and Karamay felt strong tremors that lasted 10 to 20 seconds. (Reuters)

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    The National Earthquake Response Support Service sent two light helicopters carrying seismologists, medicine and relief goods to Jiuzhai Valley. (Reuters)

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