21 injured after earthquake jolts Xinjiang

URUMQI – Twenty-one people were left injured after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit NorthwestChina’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region Thursday afternoon, local authorities said Friday.

The quake rocked a border area between the region’s city of Atux in the Kizilsu Kirgizautonomous prefecture and Kashgar prefecture at about 6 pm Thursday.

Four of the 21 injured are in critical condition, local authorities said.

The quake also toppled 147 houses and severely damaged 171 others, a spokesman with theKashgar prefecture government said.

No deaths have been reported in the earthquake, said the spokesman.


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