7.0-magnitude powerful earthquake hits southwest China, 13 killed

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China: Over 13 people died and 175 other wounded on Tuesday following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit a popular tourist area in southwest China. Reports stated that, of those hurt, 28 critically wounded. On Tuesday night the powerful quake hit Jiuzhaigou County in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province.

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Five of the people who killed were tourists, citing the information of the provincial administration. Around 2,800 people were rescued from the damaged Intercontinental hotel. Reports further stated that, evacuators are still functioning to clear the debris and pull people buried under.

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The China Earthquake management has introduced an emergency response, the uppermost of its four levels. Around 400 fire trucks and over 1,100 firefighters were dispatched to the spot with 55 life detectors, 30 rescue dogs and 24 generators.

Officials declare the closure of the Jiuzhaigou tourist area, which comprise a national park known for its waterfalls and topographical formations. The temblor wasn’t the only quake in China in the past 24 hours.

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The United States Geological Survey also further stated that, today in the morning, a 6.3-magnitude quake hit northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, close to the border to Kazakhstan.

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The quake struck at 7:27 a.m.in morning. Its epicenter was 107 kilometers (67 miles) south-southeast of Dostq, Kazakhstan, at a depth of 25.9 kilometers (16 miles). There were no instant reports of casualties or damage, due to the sparsely populated nature of the area.

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