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

Taxkorgan is 1,250 kilometers from Urumqi, capital of the region, bordering Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajkistan.

The deadliest quake that took place in China in this century was when a 7.9 magnitude temblor with a depth of 19 kilometres (12 miles), struck Sichuan province in May 2008, killing almost 90,000 people.

It also said there have been frequent aftershocks.

At least eight people were killed and 23 others injured on Thursday after an natural disaster measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted China's Xinjiang region, officials said.

The administration also said that 180 buildings collapsed and that 789 people were affected. Search and rescue operation is now underway.

Rescuers set up temporary tents at Kuzigun Village in Taxkorgan County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 11, 2017. The quake was very shallow, at a depth of only 6.2 miles (10 km) below the seabed, the USGS said.

Following this, the local administration has issued a level-II emergency response to the quake.

Shortly after the quake, several minor quakes measuring between 3.0 and 4.6 magnitude rocked the area, according to the CENC.

In February 2003, a powerful magnitude 6.8 quake killed 268 people in Xinjiang and caused significant damage. A total of 9,200 people have been relocated to safe places.

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