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19 killed in Chi quake

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 Aug 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, Aug 9: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has killed at least 19 people and injured 247 in Chi’s Sichuan province, authorities said on Wednesday.

The earthquake hit Jiuzhaigou county, a popular tourist destition, at 9.19 p.m. on Tuesday at a depth of 20 km, Xinhua news agency cited Chi Earthquake Networks Centre as saying. A separate 6.6-magnitude tremor struck Xinjiang province on Wednesday, injuring 32 people. Rescue workers were assisting stranded tourists at Jiuzhaigou and more than 45,000 tourists were evacuated. Over 800 workers were combing villages in search of anyone still trapped, authorities said. Chi’s Earthquake Administration (CEA) said more than 1,000 aftershocks had been detected, with the most powerful reaching 4.8 magnitude on Wednesday, BBC reported. The tiol Disaster Reduction Centre of Chi estimated that at least 24,000 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged in the Tuesday quake.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all efforts in the rescue operations while Prime Minister Li Keqiang urged the local government to assist the injured. The Red Cross Society of Chi’s statement said it had deployed emergency crews and volunteers to assist affected communities. The second quake in Jinghe county in Bortala prefecture in Xinjiang province happened at 7.27 a.m. on Wednesday at a depth of 11 km. Of the 32 injured, two were in a serious condition.

About 600 houses and livestock sheds were damaged in neighbouring Ili Kazakh prefecture. Services of 40 passenger trains were stopped and 21 others suspended. Earlier reports said residents in Jinghe county and the cities of Urumqi, Changji, Yining and Karamay felt strong tremors that lasted 10 to 20 seconds. The epicentre was 37 km from Jinghe county seat, 93 km from Bole city, and 383 km from Urumqi. (IANS)

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