13 killed, over 170 injured in strong earthquake jolted China’s Sichuan

At least 13 people have been killed and over 170 others injured in a strong earthquake that jolted China’s Sichuan province. The magnitude 6.5 quake hit a remote mountainous area 200 kilometers west of the city of Guangyuan at a depth of 10 kilometers.

According to state media, six tourists were among the dead. China’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that nearly 100 people may have died.

Authorities restored electricity to most of the affected areas and the military dispatched rescue teams to help with relief efforts.

Hours later, a 6.3 earthquake hit the western province of Xinjiang near the Kazakhstan border.

The quake hit at a depth of 26 kilometers with its epicenter located northeast of the city of Yining.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualties.