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Venezuela Expresses Solidarity to 'Brother' China After Quake

11 Août 2017

No buildings collapsed in the quake, but some 1,680 houses were damaged, according to the provincial government. It was measured at magnitude 6.3 by USGS and 6.6 by China's agency and was in a sparsely populated area of the Xinjiang region.

President Xi Jinping called for "all-out efforts to rapidly organise relief work and rescue the injured people", according to Xinhua. "It may take two or three years for things to get back to normal", Yang Siding, a Tibetan in his 30s, told AFP.

The Jiuzhaigou region is forecast to receive slight to moderate rainfall in the coming days, the provincial meteorological bureau said.

Residents say many who grew up as poor farmers now have cars and some can even afford second homes in big cities.

"People did not grab anything like money or clothes - we just all ran outside right away, " she added.

The 7-magnitude natural disaster struck Jiuzhaigou, a Unesco nature reserve and popular tourist destination, at 9.19 p.m. on Tuesday.

The region struck by the recent quake was hit by one of the most deadly earthquakes of recent history in 2008, when a magnitude 8.0 natural disaster struck northwest of Chengdu, and killed almost 70,000 people and insured several hundred thousand.

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The tremor evoked memories of a devastating 8.0-magnitude quake in the region in 2008 that left 87,000 people dead or missing, but the impact of Tuesday's disaster was comparatively light.

Locals hurry along a mountain road in fear of continuing rockslides after an quake outside Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan province, China, August 10, 2017.

More than 30,000 tourists were evacuated by late Wednesday.

Photos from the area posted on social media showed masses of people milling about on streets scattered with light debris, and a taxi dented from being hit by a large boulder.

The Red Cross Society of China said it was deploying emergency specialists and volunteers to assist affected communities.

Tourism may prove one of the bigger casualties from a strong quake that struck a region of southwestern China whose natural beauty and Tibetan heritage draw millions of visitors each year.

Earlier today, a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 24 people in a different, mountainous region of Sichuan to the south of Chengdu.

Venezuela Expresses Solidarity to 'Brother' China After Quake