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Last Updated: Monday, 1 December, 2003, 08:47 GMT
Earthquake hits north-west China
Scene from February 2003 tremor
The February 2003 quake caused widespread devastation
An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has killed at least 11 people in the Xinjiang region of north-west China.

The tremor, near the border with Kazakhstan, destroyed some buildings and was felt over a wide area, local officials said.

Rescue teams are now heading to the area, where "the shock was pretty strong", according to one official.

In February, a 6.8 earthquake in Xinjiang left 268 people dead and many homeless.

"The lights were swinging, the whole place shook," a local official told AFP news agency on Monday.

An official from the Xinjiang Seismological Bureau told Reuters news agency that houses built in the 1960s and 1970s "all collapsed".

He could not say how many structures came down.

Rescue teams have been sent to the area.


SEE ALSO:
China aftershocks claim more lives
26 Feb 03  |  Asia-Pacific
China's earthquake survivors
26 Feb 03  |  Photo Gallery


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