China earthquake kills 2, destroys 1,500 houses
March 1, 1997
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BEIJING (CNN) -- A powerful earthquake struck northwest China
Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring three,
The magnitude-6 earthquake jolted Jiashi county in the
northwestern region of Xinjiang at 2:04 p.m. (0604 GMT), an
official with the local office of the
State Seismological Bureau said.
Authorities in Jiashi had started relief activities and aid
teams from other parts of Xinjiang were preparing to move in
to help, according a seismological official in the regional
capital of Urumqi
On January 21, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake caused widespread
damage and killed up to 50 people in Jiashi, home to mainly
Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethnic groups, such as Uighurs and
Reuters contributed to this report.
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