Quake strikes south­west China, killing at least 13

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

BEI­JING — A strong earth­quake shook a moun­tain­ous re­gion in south­west­ern China near a fa­mous na­tional park, killing 13 peo­ple, in­jur­ing 175 oth­ers and knock­ing out power and phone net­works.

Some of the dead were tourists, China’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency said. The in­for­ma­tion of­fice of the Sichuan province gov­ern­ment said Tues­day that 28 peo­ple were se­ri­ously in­jured.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called for rapid ef­forts to re­spond to the quake and res­cue the in­jured. Au­thor­i­ties sent med­i­cal teams, res­cuers and other re­sources.

The mag­ni­tude-6.5 quake struck a re­gion bor­dered by the prov­inces of Sichuan and Gansu.

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