A building damaged in the earthquake. Photo: Handout

BreakingEarthquake kills 8 people in China’s Xinjiang region

Quake struck in remote area of Kashgar prefecture on Thursday

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.
Damage caused by the quake. Photo: Handout

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

Xinhua also reported that some building walls had been cracked or had collapsed and that casualty figures were still being compiled.
Medical staff treating the injured after the quake. Photo: Handout

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