Magnitude 7 Earthquake Strikes Jiuzhaigou

Read an update about the earthquake HERE

A magnitude 7 earthquake struck China’s Sichuan Province late at night on the 8th of August. So far, it is known that 13 people were killed and 175 were seriously injured. It is believed that these numbers will rise.

Picture by Reuters

Picture by China Daily

The epicenter of the earthquake was located near Jiuzhaigou, a valley designated as a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than 34,000 travelers were visiting the popular tourist site at the time when the earthquake occurred.

Chinese paramilitary police search for survivors after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Tourists are being evacuated “in an orderly fashion” the People’s Daily has reported. Although the national parks are not affected by the earthquake, authorities have closed them for visitors in case of following aftershocks.

We all hope that there will be no more deaths or injuries, and that the rescue efforts will be successful.

If you happen to be stuck in Jiuzhaigou or are trying to find information about someone who traveled there, contact the emergency number of the authorities: 0837-7739529 (24/7), National Tourism Administration Service Hotline: 12301 (Wechat: CNTA12301).

 

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