China Conducts Ongoing Rescue Operations in Earthquake-Hit Region
Military personnel have so far successfully evacuated 350 people from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Akto County after it was hit by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake last Friday.
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According to CCTV, food and other necessary supplies that are needed to assist the affected victims have been deployed to the region. They include nearly 300 military, tents, coal, power generators, food, among others.
The Friday incident claimed one life and damaged a great deal of property in the sparsely populated highland region.
Deccan Chronicles reported that a statement issued by the military force revealed that a group of 20 soldiers from a nearby base rushed to the region as soon as they heard about the quake.
"Another 45 staff joined the rescue team on Saturday and went to a village close to the epicenter with tents food and medicine," read the statement. "The regiment also sent oxygen and quilts to the worst-hit areas."
A report released by the Seismological Bureau of China in Xinjiang region noted that neighboring areas to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan had recorded a total of 55 wrecked and 32 subsided houses on Friday night.
The US Geological Survey said in a released statement that the earthquake was shallow, and if it were in a densely populated area, then the results would have been more catastrophic.
In December 2015, the largest quake magnitude, which stood at 7.4, was recorded in the east region of China, Tajikistan.
At least 83 earthquakes with a magnitude of over 4 have been registered in the past five years within a 200-km radius of the epicenter.