Evacuation after earthquake in China

Sunday 22 July 2007 15.30
Evacuation after earthquake in China

An earthquake in a remote region of northwest China brought down more than 2,100 houses and prompted the evacuation of 8,250 people.

The 5.7-magnitude quake jolted a county in the north of the vast Xinjiang region, bordering Kazakhstan, late on Friday.

There are no reports of fatalities.

The quake hit Tekes county, with its epicentre in a mountainous region 430km (270 miles) from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.

China is struck by frequent earthquakes, most hitting remote rural areas.