Two strong M6.5 earthquakes rock China within less than 10 hours – 9 dead and 180 injured, 31,500 tourist evacuations

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Xinjiang, China, on August 8, at 11:28pm (UTC), with tremors reportedly felt in neighboring Kazakhastan.

This was the second earthquake to hit China in less than 10 hours after a powerful and deadly 6.5-magnitude quake struck Sichuan province, killing 9 and injuring 180, at 1:20pm (UTC) a bit earlier on Tuesday afternoon.

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Two earthquakes hit China within 24 hours on August 8 2017. Map of second earthquake. via USGS

The second large earthquake struck near the town of Jinghe in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region at a depth of 25.9km at 23:27 GMT on Tuesday.

The quake was also felt in Almaty, Kazakhstan more than 305 miles (490 km) away as shown in these tweets:

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I was scared to death, I love Almaty

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No injurie or material damage have been reported.

Second strong quake in 24 hours

It was the second earthquake to hit China in less than 10 hours after a deadly powerful M6.5 quake struck southwestern Sichuan province on Tuesday afternoon (UTC).

At least nine people were reported to be killed by its impact at a tourist resort and 164 injured. Five of those killed were people visiting a Jiuzhaigou national park, hugely popular with local tourists. Over 34,000 people visited the park on Tuesday.

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Damage ater the strong M6.5 Sichuan earthquake on August 8 2017. via News
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The Sichun earthquake was felt over 500 kilometers away on August 8 2017. via News
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Trees blocking a road ater the Sichuan earthquake on August 8, 2017. via RT

Authorities said they evacuated 31,500 tourists to safety in the wake of the quake. About a hundred were trapped due to a landslide and a hotel building has partially collapsed.

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