China’s Xinjiang quake

An earthquake 5.5 magnitude has hit China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, leaving at least 8 people dead.

The China Earthquake Administration says the quake jolted the western part of Kashgar Prefecture at around 6 AM on Thursday. Its focus is estimated to have been 8 kilometers deep.

The local earthquake administration says the quake caused at least 180 houses to collapse. It says 8 people have been confirmed dead and 16 others were injured.

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