An earthquake today in western China has killed at least 257 people.
The quake was centered in a remote western region of China's Xinjiang province, with a magnitude of 6.8, the Chinese government said. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a 6.3 magnitude, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
More than 1,000 people were injured; thousands of homes and businesses were either destroyed or damaged; more than 1,000 structures collapsed in one village alone, the AP reported. Ten students in the community of Chongku Qiake were killed when their school collapsed.
The China-based Amity Foundation, a long-time CWS partner, is conducting an assessment of damage; once that assessment is complete, Amity will notify CWS and others in the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network about a possible response.
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