An earthquake of 5.4 magnitude struck Taxkorgan county, a remote mountainous area that borders Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in China’s Xinjiang region, killing 8 people and injuring more than 20. More than 180 houses were collapsed and rescue work is still underway.
The earthquake has affected more than 12,000 people, and about 9,200 people have been evacuated to safety. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 10km. Earthquakes are common in China’s west and people had felt aftershocks as well.
Earlier in 2003, a 6.8-magnitude quake in a nearby county killed 268 people. China’s deadliest earthquake was of 7.9 magnitude temblor with a depth of 19km which struck Sichuan province in May 2008, killing nearly 90,000 people.