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19 dead, 263 injured from China 7.0-magnitude quake
 
Photo taken on Aug. 8, 2017 shows a view in a hotel after earthquake in Jiuzhaigou County of southwest China's Sichuan Province. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Jiuzhaigou County at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). Photo: Xinhua
 
Nineteen people have been killed and 263 got injured in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck a remote area in southwest China's Sichuan Province Tuesday night, Xinhua News Agency quoted local authorities as saying on Wednesday night.
 
The dead include eight tourists and two locals. The identities of the rest nine were not yet known, said Liu Zuoming, Communist Party chief of the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba.
 
The earthquake jolted Jiuzhaigou County, where the popular tourist destination Jiuzhai gou locates, at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time), and the epicenter was monitored at 33.2 degrees north latitude and 103.82 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 20 km, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).
 
Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, is a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations. More than 34,000 people visited the tourist attraction on Tuesday.
 
31,500 tourists have been relocated to safe places, according to Xinhua News Agency.
 
The Sichuan government said rescuers were gradually evacuating tourists and residents who had been cut off by landslides. 
 
It added that 19 people had been killed, but most of those injured were not seriously hurt. 
 
Jiuzhaigou County has dispatched more than 90 emergency vehicles and 1,200 personnel to participate in the rescue work as of 5am Wednesday, according to Xinhua.
 
Over 600 fire officers and soldiers have been deployed, the People's Daily newspaper said.
 
The quake was felt in the provincial capital Chengdu about 300 km south of the epicenter, and other regions in the neighboring provinces of Gansu and Shaanxi.
 
A separate quake of magnitude 6.6 hit a remote part of China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang, more than 2,000 km (1,240 miles) away, on Wednesday, the Chinese earthquake administration said. The People's Daily said 32 people had been injured in the mostly rural area. 
 
The Sichuan earthquake administration measured the quake at a magnitude of 7.0. The administration said the epicentre of the tremor was in Ngawa prefecture, largely populated by ethnic Tibetans, many of whom are nomadic herders.
 
Sichuan is a quake-prone region. In May 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan and killed more than 80,000 people. In 2013, a 7.0-magnitude quake hit Lushan, killing 196.

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