Saturday 18 November 2017

Five tourists killed by earthquake in south-western China

The earthquake struck popular tourist spot Jiuzhaigou Valley
The earthquake struck popular tourist spot Jiuzhaigou Valley

A strong earthquake in south-western China has killed five tourists and injured 63 people, according to officials.

The magnitude 6.5 quake struck a mountainous region bordered by the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu at a depth of 5.5 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre measured the earthquake at magnitude 7.0 and said it struck at a depth of 12 miles.

The quake occurred near Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and rock formations.

The area is on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in northern Sichuan province, home to many Tibetan and other ethnic minority villages.

Press Association

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