China killer earthquake: 13 dead, 175 injured; relief work underway
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 09-Aug-2017

Beijing, August 9: As per reports by Chinese media, the death toll from Tuesday's strong earthquake has risen to 13, with the number of those injured being 175. The earthquake measuring 7.0-magnitude struck at 9:19 pm at a depth of 20 kilometers, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The quake was also strongly felt in the provincial capital of Chengdu, about 300km south of the epicenter. The area hit includes a popular national park known for its spectacular waterfalls. More than 30,000 tourists at the Jiuzhai Valley, have been rescued to safety with the help of tourist buses and private vehicles.

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for all-out efforts to rapidly organize relief work and rescue the injured people after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Sichuan television said the fatalities and injuries were in Zhangzha Township, but noted that the area, which is frequently struck by earthquakes, has few permanent residents.

Li Changyong, head of the county’s health and family planning bureau, said the quake was strongly felt in the county seat, 35 kilometers from its epicenter, and many residents had rushed outside when buildings began to shake.

Li told Xinhua that he saw no buildings in the county seat that had collapsed. Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, is known for its spectacular waterfalls and karst formations. More than 38,000 people visited the tourist attraction yesterday.

The China Earthquake Administration has activated level-1 emergency response procedures, the highest level. Also the Red Cross Society of China also launched its emergency response procedures, sending 1,000 first aid kits, 2,000 quilts and 200 tents to the area.