JIUZHAIGOU — The search for missing people and rescue of stranded residents and tourists continued Thursday (Aug 10) following the powerful earthquake that hit a scenic area of southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, the local government said.
Nineteen people have been confirmed dead while the number of injured has risen to 343, including 15 critically injured, according to local authorities.
The quake, which struck Jiuzhaigou County at 9.19pm Tuesday, had a magnitude of 6.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The China Earthquake Administration measured it at M7.0.
The epicentre of the quake was close to Jiuzhaigou National Park, a popular tourist destination in the mountains. Many tourist sites suffered damage, with Sparkling Lake, one of the park’s most photographed locations, being nearly completely drained.
According to the provincial government, some 50,000 tourists, including 126 foreigners, who were in Jiuzhaigou County and nearby areas at the time of the quake have been safely evacuated to the provincial capital Chengdu and other cities.
Firefighters are working to secure the safety of tourists and residents stranded in areas where roads have been blocked by fallen rocks and landslides. KYODO