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More than 1,700 houses damaged in Xinjiang earthquake

(Xinhua)    09:28, February 24, 2015

URUMQI, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- The buildings of 1,728 households were damaged in the earthquake that hit Shawan County of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China, local authorities said on Monday.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, the tremor had affected 6,756 people, and caused a direct economic loss of 92.23 million yuan (about 14.65 million U.S. dollars). No casualties were reported.

An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale hit Shawan of the Tacheng Prefecture in the north of the region at 2:42 p.m. Sunday.

Three teams of experts are carrying out disaster relief in 132 villages near the epicenter. Rescuers are striving to ensure transportation and power supply in the affected areas.

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