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Earthquake kills eight in western China: report

BEIJING: An earthquake rocked China‚Äôs western Xinjiang region on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring another 23 as more than 1,500 homes crumbled, state media reported. The shallow magnitude 5.4 intensity quake struck at 5:58 a.m. (2158 GMT Wednesday), 213 kilometers (133 miles) south-southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Some people were buried after their adobe homes collapsed, said Wang Fuyou, Communist Party chief of Taxkorgan county, according to the official…