One killed in Xinjiang 6.4 earthquake

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  • Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020

Broken home: Cracks showing in a house after the earthquake in Jiashi County of Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang. — AP

URUMQI: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has killed one person and slightly injured two others in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, authorities said.

Authorities have recorded 10 aftershocks above the magnitude of 3, with the highest reaching 5.2, according to the regional publicity department.

The quake jolted Jiashi County in Kashgar Prefecture at 9.27pm on Sunday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre.

The epicentre was monitored at 39.83° north latitude and 77.21° east longitude.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 16km, according to a statement released by the centre.

The tremor had toppled four private stores and 1,084m of walls, as well as causing cracks in more than 1,000 houses and 5,574m of walls.

It also damaged power lines and transportation facilities, the department said.

The regional authorities have launched an emergency response.

Thousands of people and more than 500 vehicles have joined in the rescue work.

So far, search and rescue personnel have evacuated 4,827 people to temporary shelters.

The Ministry of Emergency Management has sent 5,000 tents, 5,000 folding beds, 10,000 quilts and 20,000 cotton-padded coats to Xinjiang.

The regional government also sent 500 tents, 200 quilts, 2,000 folding beds and 2,000 cotton-padded mattresses. — Xinhua

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