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Tourists perish in China earthquake; WORLD BULLETINS.

A STRONG earthquake has hit a mountainous region in southwestern China near a famous national park, killing 13 people, injuring 175 others and crippling power and phone networks.

At least five of the dead were tourists, China's official Xinhua News Agency said, and at least 28 people had serious injuries, according to the Aba regional government in Sichuan province.

President Xi Jinping called for rapid efforts to rescue the injured, while authorities sent medical teams and rescuers.

The quake, which struck at about 9.20pm on Tuesday, hit a region bordered by the provinces of SiS chuan and Gansu.

The area is on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and home to many Tibetan and other ethnicminority villages.

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Date:Aug 10, 2017
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