EARTHQUAKE

Earthquake kills 8 people in China’s Xinjiang region

Quake struck in remote area of Kashgar prefecture on Thursday

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 May, 2017, 9:12am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 May, 2017, 9:12am

Eight people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck in China’s northwest Xinjiang region on Thursday, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, with photographs online also showing damaged buildings.

The China Earthquake Administration said the quake occurred in the remote Taxkorgan county area of Kashgar prefecture at a depth of 8 km. Xinhua said in a microblog post 11 people were also injured.

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

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Xinhua also reported that some building walls had been cracked or had collapsed and that casualty figures were still being compiled.

Earthquakes of a magnitude between 5 and 5.9 are officially classified as moderate.