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Death Toll Rises in Tuesday's Powerful Earthquake in China's Sichuan Province    

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Firefighters stand to attention in Longnan, in China's Gansu province on Aug. 8, 2017, as they prepare to head to Wenxian county after an earthquake centered in neighboring Sichuan province.

Nineteen people are now confirmed dead in a powerful earthquake that struck a remote mountainous region in China's Sichuan province Tuesday.

Local authorities say 247 others were injured in the quake, which was centered in Ngawa prefecture, home to nomadic Tibetan herders and Jiuzhaigou, a well-known national park with spectacular views that attracts thousands of visitors from China and overseas. Officials say at least five of the dead were tourists. State-run Xinhua news agency says a Canadian woman and a young Frenchman are among the injured. Xinhua says more than 30,000 tourists have been evacuated from Jiuzhaigou.

President Xi Jinping has called for an "all-out effort" to rescue and aid those injured.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.5 magnitude while China's earthquake center says it was a 7.0. More than 100,000 houses were damaged, and power was knocked out across the region.

Tuesday's event was close to the site of an 8.0-magnitude quake in 2008 that devastated the region, leaving 87,000 people dead or missing.

Meanwhile, authorities are responding to the scene of yet another strong earthquake, measured at magnitude 6.3 by the USGS, this time in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.


Xinhua says at least three villagers were injured when their home collapsed.

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