Two earthquakes hit China

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck a remote, mountainous part of China’s southwestern province of Sichuan, killing 19 people, including eight tourists, and injuring 247, the provincial government and official media said on Wednesday.

The quake hit a sparsely populated area 200 km (120 miles) northwest of the city of Guangyuan late on Tuesday at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was also close to the Jiuzhaigou nature reserve, a tourist destination.

Sichuan is frequently struck by tremors. A huge quake there in May 2008 killed almost 70,000 people.

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 government said rescuers were gradually evacuating tourists and residents who had been cut off by landslides. (Reuters)

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Rescuers carry an injured woman

Armed police soldiers carry an injured woman after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake at Jiuzhaigou County on Aug. 9, 2017 in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo: Wang Weishuang/VCG via Getty Images)

Rescuers walk past a collapsed area

Rescue workers walk past a collapsed area after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

Citizens donate blood

Citizens donate blood after Jiuzhaigou 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 9, 2017 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

Rescuers search a hotel

Rescuers search at a hotel after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake at Jiuzhaigou County on Aug. 9, 2017 in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

Rescuers search a hotel for survivors

Rescue workers search for survivors at a damaged hotel after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

Paramilitary police carry a survivor

Chinese paramilitary police carry a survivor after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: Chengdu Economic Daily/Wang Qin via Reuters)

A crack is seen on a road

A crack is seen on a road after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: CNS/Feng Zheng via Reuters)

A wrecked tour bus is seen

Chinese paramilitary police are seen beside a wrecked tour bus as they conduct rescue operations in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Aug. 9, 2017, after an 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the province late on Aug. 8. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Paramilitary police carry relief supplies

Chinese paramilitary police carry relief supplies on their way to an earthquake-stricken zone in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman receives medical assistance

A woman, injured during an earthquake, receives medical assistance at Mianyang Central Hospital in Mianyang in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on August 9, 2017, after an 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the province late on Aug. 8. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The quake-hit area is seen

The quake-hit area is seen at Jiuzhaigou County on Aug. 9, 2017 in Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture of Aba, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

A car is damaged

A car damaged during an earthquake is seen in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Rescuers transfer a survivor

Rescuers transfer a survivor, injured during an earthquake, by a helicopter to Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A tour bus is damaged

A tour bus damaged during an earthquake is seen in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman is evacuated

A rescuer helps evacuate a woman following an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Paramilitary police rest

Chinese paramilitary police sleep on the ground after an 18-hour rescue operation in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A break in the wall is seen

A break in the wall is seen inside a house at Jiuzhaigou County on Aug. 9, 2017 in Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture of Aba, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

Tourists sleep on a street

Tourists sleep on a street after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

A drone is used to access damage

Chinese paramilitary police look at a screen as they use a drone to investigate the collapse situation after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county

A house is damaged

Tiles fall off inside a house at Jiuzhaigou County on Aug. 9, 2017 in Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture of Aba, Sichuan Province of China. A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou County at 9:19 pm on Tuesday. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

Paramilitary police attend a survivor

Chinese paramilitary police take care of a survivor after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

Paramilitary police search for survivors

Chinese paramilitary police search for survivors after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou in southwest China’s Sichuan province early on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Paramilitary police carry a survivor

Chinese paramilitary police carry a survivor after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China, Aug. 8, 2017. (Photo China Daily via Reuters)

Villagers are stranded

Villagers are stranded due to road collapse caused by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake at Jiuzhaigou County on Aug. 9, 2017 in Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture of Aba, Sichuan Province of China. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)

Chinese paramilitary police carry a survivor

Chinese paramilitary police carry a survivor after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou county, Ngawa prefecture, Sichuan province, China, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

A child looks at a survivor

A child looks at a survivor while standing next to rescuers after an earthquake in Jiuzhaigou in southwest China’s Sichuan province early on Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A injured man receives treatment

Medical personnel treat an injured man at the People’s Hospital in Jiuzhaigou county in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (Photo: Liu Kun/Xinhua via AP)

Map showing earthquake locations

Map showing location of two major earthquakes in China on Aug. 8, 2017. (Reuters)