Quake af­fects nearly 8,000

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

No ca­su­al­ties have been re­ported in the 7.3-mag­ni­tude earthquake that struck Xin­jiang af­fect­ing more than 7,800 people on Wed­nes­day. The epi­cen­ter, in a sparsely pop­u­lated area with an aver­age al­ti­tude of 5,000 me­ters, is more than 50 km away from the near­est set­tle­ment, Aqqan town­ship in Yu­tian county. By 11 am on Thurs­day, 7,838 res­i­dents in six coun­ties were af­fected by the tremor, with 982 re­lo­cated to safety, said the re­gional civil af­fairs depart­ment.

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