Earthquake of magnitude 7 on Richter scale struck China
Two massive earthquakes have rocked China, the first struck in the southwestern Sichuan province and the second struck in the northwestern Xinjiang province close to the Kazakhstan border.
A high-intensity earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale struck China on 8 August 2017. The quake that struck a remote, mountainous part of Sichuan province has claimed lives of at least 19 people, including six tourists, and injured about 250 people.
According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the quake's epicentre was located in the popular tourist destination of Jiuzhaigou at an estimated depth of 20 kilometres.
Jiuzhaigou or Jiuzhai Valley is a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations. It is located on the edge of the Plateau in northern Sichuan province, which is a home to many Tibetan and other ethnic minority villages.
The state-run Xinhua news agency said as many as 31500 tourists had been evacuated from the quake zone. Officials said that a total of 108 aftershocks were recorded, all below 4.0 magnitude. Police and firefighters are rescuing people trapped in the rubble.
Hours after the last night's 7- magnitude, another 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted the Jinghe County in northwest China's Xinjiang on the morning of 9 August 2017. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the remote area.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for all-out efforts to rapidly organize relief work and rescue the injured people after the quake.
Sichuan province is prone to earthquakes. More than 70000 people were killed in a quake there in 2008.