Eight people were killed and more than 20 were injured in a moderate earthquake that struck China on Thursday morning. It struck in Taxkorgan county, a remote mountaneous area bordering Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in China’s Xinjiang region.
According to The Xinjiang Earthquake Administration, more than 180 houses have collapsed.
The US Geological Survey said the 5.4-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) at 5:58 am. Thursday (2158 GMT Wednesday). Search and rescue works are underway.
China’s western area is prone to such earthquakes.