Thousands Displaced by Quake in Xinjiang

Reuters reports on an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale that struck near the Kazakh border in China’s Xinjiang province, leaving thousands homeless.

The earthquake, which measured 5.0 on the Richter scale, hit an area inhabited by the Xibe people, a community originally from Manchuria that established a frontier garrison in Xinjiang during the Qing dynasty.

It destroyed nearly 200 homes and damaged nearly 3,000 buildings on Sunday morning. No casualties have been reported so far.

January 26, 2009 4:07 PM
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