Earthquakes In China Force Evacuation Of 3,800
After an earthquake shook the Xinjiang-Uighur, a northwest region of China, extensive damage was reported, media said.
Chinese seismologists measured the quake at 6-magnitude.
It struck Tuesday morning, destroying at least 800 homes, and forcing the evacuation of more than 3,800 people, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
No casualties were reported, UPI.com said.
Though the quake was centered in Yining and Gongliu ,counties in the Kazak region, it was felt in several nearby counties, the report said.
Direct economic losses were estimated at about $10.5 million, UPI.com reported.
As two rescue teams were dispatched for recovery work, schools in the area remained closed. Relief supplies were being sent to the area, including tents, beddings and shoes, the regional bureau of civil affairs said.
In addition to destroying homes, the quake also triggered a landslide on a national highway in the region. However, normal traffic had resumed Wednesday.
This quake was one of two that hit China Tuesday morning.
Another one, a 5.4-magnitude quake, rocked Sichuan and Gansu provinces in western China, but no casualties were reported. There were no immediate reports of damage in the two provinces.
China's worst quake in recent years was a 7.9-magnitude quake in Sichuan province in May 2008. It killed nearly 90,000 people.