Rescue and relief efforts are underway to help those affected by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake which hit Sichuan’s scenic Jiuzhaigou County on Tuesday night, killing at least 19 people and injuring another 217, according to the most recent update from the provincial government.
It is reported that at least of six of those killed were tourists. Jiuzhaigou is a popular scenic area in northwestern China noted for its natural beauty. In the summer, tourists from around the country flock to the area to take in its lush forests and colorful waterfalls. On Tuesday, the scenic area welcomed more than 38,000 visitors.
The quake occurred at around 9:20 p.m. near to the city of Guangyuan, not too far from where a massive 8.0 earthquake struck in 2008, leaving 87,000 people dead or missing as schools crumbled down upon students across Wenchuan County.
This latest earthquake was followed by another one with a magnitude of 6.6 that shook a remote part of Xinjiang on Wednesday morning, injuring dozens of people.
In the aftermath of the Jiuzhaigou earthquake, photos and videos have gone viral online, showing vehicles crushed by boulders and tourists forced to evacuate from their hotels in the night.
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