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PORT-VILA – An 8.1-magnitude quake hit the Santa Cruz islands in the South Pacific early Thursday, seismologists said, and a tsunami warning had been issued for Vanuatu and other nearby countries.
It was an odd start to the morning Saturday in La Jolla, Calif.First, residents were jostled out of bed at 7.34 a.m. by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that was centered 19 miles out in the ocean.
CHENGDU - Quake-battered Sichuan Province reopened 13 cities and prefectures to tourists on Saturday in a move to revive its once-booming travel industry.The cities are Zigong, Panzhihua, Luzhou, Suining, Neijiang, Leshan, Nanchong, Yibin, Guang'an, Dazhou, Meishan, Ziyang and Liangshan, according to the provincial tourism bureau.
BEIJING - China's tourism sector has lost 53.4 billion yuan (7.6 billion U.S. dollars) from the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Sichuan Province on May 12.According to the China Tourism Administration, 54 people, including one from Taiwan and 53 mainland tourists, were killed in Sichuan. Another 25 were injured, while 55,487 were held back.
Nineteen UK tourists who were visiting a region in China when a massive earthquake struck have been found safe, the British ambassador says.Fourteen were flown from the Wolong area in Sichuan, famed for its panda reserve, to Chengdu, with five due to fly out later, Sir William Ehrman said.
CHONGQING - The Chongqing branch of Air China on Wednesday sent four Boeing 737s to pick up stranded tourists in Jiuzhaigou, a tourist attraction in quake-hit Sichuan Province, the company said.