July 03, 2015

Earthquake in Pishan county of Xinjiang...6.4 mag

Weather Channel A powerful earthquake and several strong aftershocks hit western China Friday, killing at least three, injuring dozens and damaging or destroying thousands of buildings.

'The 6.4-magnitude quake struck in the morning hours Friday in Pishan county in the Hotan region of Xinjiang in far western China, the U.S. Geological survey reported. The USGS issued a yellow pager alert shortly thereafter, indicating the potential for localized damage between $10 million and $1 billion. 

'At least four strong aftershocks, all over 4-magnitude, have since impacted the area, the USGS reports.
Reuters reported at least three people were killed, down from six earlier, 43 were injured and that 3,000 structures were damaged or collapsed.

'"Buildings were trembling and people rushed to the streets," Jin Xingchang, an express courier in Hotan city, about 9 miles from Pishan, told the Associated Press.
 
'State-run Xinhua news agency said that the Chinese government had issued a grade-IV emergency response -- the lowest level in China's emergency response efforts -- for areas hit by the earthquake, mobilizing resources for recovery efforts.'  

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