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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7.0-magnitude quake hits SW China's Sichuan Province

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Jiuzhaigou County in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

According to media reports, so far 4 people were killed in the earthquake, some 30 people injured. Local authority says research and rescue is underway, and that public transportation was hampered.

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, the center said in a statement.

Sangey, a staff worker with the popular Jiuzhaigou tourist site, told Xinhua on telephone that some houses in the scenic spot collapsed and cracked in wake of the powerful quake and authorities are organizing young people to help evacuate residents.

Li Changyong, head of the Jiuzhaigou county health and family planning bureau, said the quake was strongly felt in the county seat and many residents rushed outside buildings. Li said there was no immediate reports of deaths and injuries.

The quake was also strongly felt in the provincial capital Chengdu about 300 km south of the epicenter.

Source: Xinhua

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