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

Earthquake kills eight in western China report

State media say a moderate but shallow quake in the far west of China has killed eight people and injured 11 others.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC) registered multiple earthquakes in the area Thursday morning, with the biggest being a magnitude 5.5 quake.

Rescuers were searching for people trapped in the rubble in Quzgun, the worst-hit village, which has a population of 449, Wang said.

The China Earthquake Administration has activated level-III emergency response procedures following a 5.5-magnitude earthquake in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Thursday.

A total of 9,200 people from Taxkorgan, the closest county to the epicentre, have been relocated to safe places. The official Xinhua News Agency said there had been frequent aftershocks and search and rescue work was under way.

The People's Daily posted a photo on Twitter of a building in complete ruins. The county borders Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

A moderate quake that struck close to the earth's surface killed at least several people, the region's natural disaster administration said.

In February 2003 a powerful 6.8-magnitude quake killed 268 people in Xinjiang and caused significant damage.

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