7.0 Earthquake Strikes Sichuan Province In China, 19 Dead, 247 Injured: Report


Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from China’s mountainous southwest Wednesday after a strong earthquake killed at least 19 people and jolted a region where a 2008 seismic disaster remains fresh in resident’s minds, Agence FrancePresse reported. The earthquake struck Sichuan province late Tuesday, cracking mountain highways, triggering rockslides, damaging buildings and sending panicked residents and tourists fleeing into the open. Following the quake, thousands of people – including many visitors to a popular national park near the epicentre – remained outside overnight, according to reports. More than 1,000 reported aftershocks rumbled across the region as evacuations began…

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