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Chi­nese para­mil­i­tary po­lice re­cover a vic­tim from a wrecked tour bus in the Ji­uzhaigou area of Sichuan prov­ince on Wed­nes­day, a day af­ter a 6.5-mag­ni­tude earth­quake. The pow­er­ful quake, which killed at least 19 peo­ple and in­jured 247 oth­ers, struck a moun­tain­ous re­gion near a na­tional park that is one of China’s top tourist at­trac­tions. The Tues­day night quake knocked out power and phone net­works, com­pli­cat­ing ef­forts to evac­u­ate sur­vivors. Res­cuers dug through rub­ble with their hands and used de­tec­tors to search for signs of life. “Peo­ple were rush­ing out; some peo­ple were scream­ing,” Yang Jie, a hos­tel owner in nearby Zhangzha town­ship, said by phone. “On our way home, there were rocks fall­ing down from the hills on both sides of the road. We couldn’t get through on the phone be­cause there was no sig­nal.”

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