Tens of thousands evacuated after deadly China quake

Full estimates are still being determined, but it's reported over 30,000 of the evacuees were tourists.

By REUTERS
August 9, 2017 09:50
Rescue workers remove an elderly person from a collapsed building.

China Earthquake 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from China's Sichuan province after an overnight earthquake killed at least 13 people there, including six tourists, according to state-run media.

Full estimates are still being determined, but it's reported over 30,000 of the evacuees were tourists.

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Officials say more than a hundred people were trapped in a single landslide.

Electricity and phone service have been knocked out and the military deployed to help with rescue efforts.

Some people were forced to sleep on the street on Wednesday (August 9) morning, even as aftershocks rattled the region.

Travelers stranded at the airport, seen here.

The 7.0 magnitude quake hit a rural region and as of noon state media reporting most power had been restored.



An earthquake that hit Sichuan in 2008 killed almost 70,000 people.


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