Quake strikes western China

At least 700 homes collapsed after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake shoot western China's Xinjiang region Monday, according to government reports.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 1, 2003


At least 700 homes collapsed after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake shoot western China's Xinjiang region Monday, according to government reports.

At least 10 people were dead, although with search-and-rescue continuing Monday, that count was likely to rise.

Zhaosu County was hard hit.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake as a magnitude 5.7.

Xinjiang was the location of another quake earlier this year, a 6.8-magnitude that killed nearly 300 people.

Western China is earthquake-prone but has had an even higher number of strong earthquakes than usual in recent months.


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