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)