8 dead, 11 injured after moderate quake in far western China

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Some people were buried after their adobe homes collapsed, said Wang Fuyou, Communist Party chief of Taxkorgan county, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Eight people were killed and 11 injured when a 5.5 -magnitude natural disaster struck North West China on Thursday morning, Xinhua News Agency reported. A moderate natural disaster that struck close to the earth's surface killed at least several people. This led to more deaths and injuries, reported state agency China News. A moderate natural disaster that struck close to the earth's surface killed at least several people, the region's quake administration said.

The remote and sparsely populated area where the quake occurred is close to the borders of Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most houses in the area were made of wood and mudbricks or rock.

The injured people have been sent to hospital for treatment.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.4 and struck at a depth of six miles. Shallow quakes cause greater shaking at the surface, which can cause more damage.

Frequent aftershocks were felt, locals said.

China is regularly hit by earthquakes, especially its mountainous western and southwestern regions.

China's deadliest natural disaster this century, a 7.9 magnitude temblor with a depth of 19 kilometers (12 miles), struck Sichuan province in May 2008, killing almost 90,000 people.

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