Powerful earthquake kills at least 19 in China, hundreds injured

Rubble sits in front of a hotel after an earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou County in China's Sichuan Province.

Story highlights

  • Chinese state media updates death toll to 19
  • Another quake in far western China hit Wednesday morning

(CNN)At least 19 people were killed and 247 more injured late Tuesday after a powerful earthquake struck a popular tourist area in southwest China, according to state media.

Of those hurt, about 40 are in a serious condition, state news agency Xinhua reported.
The quake struck Jiuzhaigou County in China's southwestern Sichuan Province late on Tuesday night.
    At least five of the people who died were tourists, Xinhua reported, citing the information office of the provincial government. About 2,800 people were evacuated from the severely damaged Intercontinental hotel.