China says 6.5 quake in far west kills 6, collapses homes

China says 6.5 quake in far west kills 6, collapses homes

BEIJING (AP) — A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang on Friday, killing six people & damaging or collapsing thousands of buildings, authorities said.

The quake hit Pishan county in the Hotan region of Xinjiang at a depth of approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles) shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, the China Earthquake Networks Center said.

"Buildings were trembling & people rushed to the streets," said Jin Xingchang, an express courier in Hotan city, approximately 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Pishan.

p>Six people died & approximately 3,000 houses & other buildings collapsed or were damaged, according to Xinjiang's Bureau of Civil Affairs.

The mostly ethnic Muslim Uighur area of Pishan is at the southern edge of the Taklamakan desert near the border with India, & is abundant in mineral resources including coal, crude oil, natural gas & jade.

Source: “Associated Press”