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In the evening of Tuesday the 8 August 2017, the province of Sichuan in China, was hit by a 7.0-magnitude quake, killing 19 people and injuring 343.

The temblor that struck the popular tourist destination in Jiuzhaigou County last night was followed by another 6.6- magnitude quake today in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang province, more than 2,000-km away.

The death toll of the 7.0 magnitude Sichuan quake that hit on Tuesday night has risen to 19, the local government reported on Wednesday.

Chinese state media claim some tourists were camping out at Jiuzhaigou airport, awaiting flights to their home countries.

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A man surnamed Song who answered the phone at a local emergency office in Aba prefecture, where the Jiuzhaigou (Jee-oh Jai GO) national park, is located said the town of Zhangzha reported the casualties from Tuesday evening's quake.

The Jiuzhaigou valley holds one of China's most famous national parks.

Rescuers picked away rubble from around a body in an area shaken by a powerful quake in mountainous southwestern China, then stood silently in a row, with helmets off and heads bowed to pay their respects.

Another 247 people were injured, 40 of them seriously.

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Rescuers dug through rubble with their hands and used detectors to search for signs of life.

The natural disaster jolted Jiuzhaigou County 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.

"Overnight low temperatures will be quite chilly this week, so that will be an impact for anyone whose homes were damaged or destroyed", Leister said. A huge quake there in May 2008 killed nearly 70,000 people. China's deadliest natural disaster this century, with a magnitude of 7.9, struck the same mountainous prefecture as this quake, killing almost 90,000 people in May 2008.

Tremors were also felt in the cities of Lanzhou, Chongqing, Mianyang and Xi'an.

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