China: Earthquake in Xinjiang Region - Jan 2009
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URUMQI, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, which jolted northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sunday, has affected more than 4,500 people and caused house collapses and damages, regional authorities said Monday.
In total, 4,549 people in the Xibe Autonomous County of Qapqal and Zhaosu County were affected. They have been relocated to schools, government buildings and tents, said a regional civil affairs department official.
No casualties have been reported so far.
A total of 198 houses collapsed and 2,928 were damaged.
BEIJING, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Thousands of people have been made homeless by an earthquake on Sunday in remote Qapqal, in China's far western region of Xinjiang near the Kazakh border, the Xinhua news agency said on Monday.
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.