(Yicai Global) Aug. 10 -- Authorities in scenic Jiuzhaigou County, a popular tourist attraction in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, have suspended visitor tours effective Aug. 9 after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday night killed 19 people and caused severe damage to roads and infrastructure.
The local government is concentrating efforts on disaster relief and tourist evacuation in the area, which received 38,799 tourists the day before the quake hit.
Jiuzhaigou was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and the China National Tourism Administration designated the spot a national AAAAA-rated tourist attraction in 2007.
With an average elevation of 2,000 to 3,500 meters, Jiuzhaigou is spread over primitive forests and has 108 lakes. Some 5 million tourists visited the area in 2016 and related revenues reached CNY805 million (USD121 million).Keywords: Earthquake, Jiuzhaigou, natural disaster