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MAGNITUDE 6.4 EARTHQUAAKE IN RURAL CHINA KILLS THREE...DAMAGES THOUSANDS OF HOMES

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MAGNITUDE 6.4 EARTHQUAAKE IN RURAL CHINA KILLS THREE...DAMAGES THOUSANDS OF HOMES

Post by Harry on Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:35 pm

Magnitude-6.4 earthquake in rural China kills three, damages thousands of homes

Updated Fri at 9:23am
Photo: Rescuers help villagers dismantle damaged walls after an earthquake hits China's north-east Xinjiang region. (AFP)
Map: China

A strong earthquake has hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region, killing at least three people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media say.
Many traditional houses in the mainly ethnic Uighur region collapsed when the shallow magnitude-6.4 quake struck about 160 kilometres north-west of the southern city of Hotan, emergency officials said.
The dead included a father and son, the government-run China National Emergency Broadcasting said on its website.
Earlier reports had the death toll at six, but it has since been revised down.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs added that at least 3,000 homes either collapsed or were seriously damaged and 1,000 tents were being sent to the region.
State news agency Xinhua put the number of injured at about 50.
"If many people are gathered in one place during an earthquake, it can lead to a serious disaster, but in this case there were relatively few people so it isn't so serious," China Earthquake Networks Centre researcher, Sun Shihong, told state broadcaster China Central Television.
Pictures on social media and state television showed cracks on the walls of buildings and other minor damage.
China's air force has deployed a drone to survey the quake zone, marking the first time the country has used unmanned aerial vehicles on such a mission, Xinhua said.
Earthquakes frequently strike China. A quake in the south-western province of Sichuan in 2008 killed almost 70,000 people.
Xinjiang, strategically located on the borders of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, is one of China's most politically sensitive regions following years of violence, blamed by the government on Islamist militants.
Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government's own repressive policies and religious and cultural restrictions have provoked unrest, an accusation the government denies.
Reuters

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