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. Residents evacuated as 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Xinjiang in western China 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.