Quake of intensity 5.5 hits China, eight dead

Beijing: According to the information given by the US geological survey, an earthquake of intensity 5.5 jolted northwest China killing eight persons.

Frequent aftershocks were felt, locals said. At least 11 others were injured after the quake hit Xinjiang 5.58 a.m., Xinhua new agency reported

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Search and rescue operations are underway.

The epicentre was in the southeast part of the Pamir Plateau at a depth of about 8.0 km.

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The remote and sparsely populated area where the quake occurred is close to the borders of Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.