|Residents receive treatment at Kuzigun Village in Taxkorgan County, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, May 11, 2017. A 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Taxkorgan County at 5.58 am Thursday, said the China Earthquake Networks Centre. — XINHUA/VNA Photo |Viet Nam News
BEIJING — An earthquake rocked China’s western Xinjiang region on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring another 11, state media reported.
The shallow 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 5:58am local time 213 kilometres south-southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, the US Geological Survey said.
Xinhua news agency said eight people had been confirmed dead and 11 others were injured. An unspecified number were sent to hospital.
The People’s Daily posted a photo on Twitter of a building in complete ruins. Other photos, all from the official earthquake monitoring centre, show ceiling panels on the ground in one building and products on the ground in a store.
The remote and sparsely populated area is close to the border with Tajikistan.
China is regularly hit by earthquakes, especially its mountainous western and southwestern regions.
In February 2003 a powerful 6.8-magnitude quake killed 268 people in Xinjiang and caused significant damage. — AFP