13 dead and 175 injured by earthquake in China

The Sichuan Government has pointed out that a hundred tourists have been trapped in the area and at least six of them are among those killed.

At least 13 people have been killed and 175 others injured in an earthquake in southwest China’s Sichuan province on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The earthquake has had a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale, according to the China Earthquake Agency, although the US Geological Survey cuts it to 6.5.

The Chinese agency has activated emergency level 1 after the earthquake, which has had its epicenter in the county of Jiuzhaigou, a mountainous area with a majority of Tibetan population and near a nature reserve.

The Sichuan Government has pointed out that a hundred tourists have been trapped in the area due to a landslide caused by the earthquake. At least six of them are among those killed.

About 31,500 tourists have been evacuated from the area affected by the earthquake, according to the Chinese authorities, who have sent several teams of specialists to the scene to carry out emergency work. The Chinese system contemplates four levels of response in earthquake emergencies, being number one the most serious.

Meanwhile, the Sichuan Fire Brigade has warned that a group of people has been trapped inside a hotel in the region, which has successfully evacuated another 2,800 people.

Chinese authorities have reported that a second earthquake measuring 6.6 in the Xinjiang region in the northeast of the country about 2,000 kilometers from the site of the first earthquake.

Sarita Shinde