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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Xinjiang, NW China

Posted by feww on May 11, 2017

Deadly earthquake destroys homes, displaces thousands in China

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck [37.58N, 75.25E; depth of 8.0 km] Kuzigun Village in Taxkorgan County, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 11, 2017 at 5:58 a.m. Thursday (21:00 UTC, Wednesday), said the China Earthquake Networks Center, official Xinhua News reported.

“So far, the quake has left lives of more than 12,000 people affected. A total of 9,200 people have been relocated to safe places. In Quzgun Village, 820 heads of livestock were injured or killed and 1,520 homes collapsed.”

“The average altitude within 5-km around the epicenter is 4,347 meters. The population within a radius of 20 km and 50 km from the epicenter is estimated at 580 and 6,200 respectively.”

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