8 dead, 20 injured after moderate quake in far western China

Earthquake kills eight in western China report

Earthquake kills eight in western China report

A 5.5 magnitude quake jolted northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, killing eight people and injuring 11 others.

Eight people were killed and 11 others injured today after a 5.4-magnitude quake rocked China's western Xinjiang region.

The remote area is close to Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The natural disaster has affected more than 12,000 people, and about 9,200 people have been evacuated to safety, Xinhua news agency reported.

The old city of Kashgar, in north-west China's Xinjiang region.

Major damage was reported due to the proximity of the earthquake's epicentre to highly populated areas and the shallow focal depth of the quake.

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Most homes in the area are made of wood and mudbricks or rock, the agency said. A special natural disaster emergency response team has been dispatched to Xinjiang to assist the local government in their search and rescue operations.

On March 27, An quake of 5.1 magnitude had jolted Yangbi County in southwest China's Yunnan Province. China's deadliest quake recorded 7.9 magnitude with a depth of 19 kilometres (12 miles).

Xinjiang is frequently jolted by earthquakes, most of which cause little damage.

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