Earthquake at the Shangri-La in China: five dead

August 31, 2013. In the south-western China in the popular tourist area of Shangri-La, a powerful earthquake, whose magnitude was 5.8. At least five people were killed and over 20 injured. Xinhua News Agency reported that among the victims — seven tourists, without specifying their nationality.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake was near the town of Benzilan in Yunnan province at a depth of about 10 kilometers.

Many of the roads in the region were under the rubble, broken communication, there are reports of numerous landslides.

Mystic Country

AFP reports that in mountain areas destroyed at least 600 and injured more than 50,000 homes, about 9,000 residents had to be evacuated.

Located not far from the disaster area Shangri-La — the tourist area, which was named by the book writer James Hilton's "Lost Horizon", dramatized in the thirties of the last century.

The heroes of the book, having survived a plane crash in Tibet, the country fall into the mystical Shangri-La, which is called literary allegory of Shambhala.

In order to attract tourists, the Chinese authorities have renamed in Shangri-La County Dechen Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, as well as one of the canyons.

According to statistics, the tourist area of Shangri-La in southwest China annually attracts over 7.6 million visitors.

Source: BBC Russian Service

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