Earthquake hits China: 8 dead

An earthquake rocked in the Western Xinjiang region of China during early hours of Thursday morning, killing eight and injuring eleven people.
The earthquake of magnitude 5.4 struck at local time of 5:58 AM(IST3:28AM) at a region which is 213 kilometres south-southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, the US Geological Survey said.
There has been frequent aftershocks and search and rescue work was under way.
The remote and sparsely populated area is close to the border with Tajikistan.
China is regularly hit by earthquakes, especially its mountainous western and south western regions.
In February 2003, a powerful 6.8-magnitude quake killed 268 people in Xinjiang and caused significant damage.

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