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19 killed in 7.0 magnitude quake in Sichuan
Published on: 2017-08-10
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061Death toll from the 7.0-magnitude earthquake which struck a remote area in Sichuan Province Tuesday night has risen to 19, the information office of the provincial government said on Wednesday. The quake has left 19 people killed till now and 343 others injured.

At least six of the dead were visitors to the popular tourist destination of Jiuzhaigou in the epicenter of Zhangzha town, Jiuzhaigou County.

The earthquake jolted Jiuzhaigou County at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday, and the epicenter was monitored at 33.2 degrees north latitude and 103.82 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 20 km.

Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, is a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations. More than 34,000 people visited the tourist attraction on Tuesday. So far, 50,000 tourists have been relocated to safe places.

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The local government has organized tourist coaches and private-owned vehicles to rush to the affected areas to help transport the stranded tourists. Power, communication and water supply in the county seat have basically recovered.

The county also sent consultants to hotels, rural inns and streets to offer possible counseling service for tourists.

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The quake was felt in the provincial capital Chengdu about 300 km south of the epicenter, and other regions in the neighboring provinces of Gansu and Shaanxi.

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, killing 196.

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