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The quake struck in the heart of China's Muslim region
BEIJING, Feb. 24 ‚ÄĒ A powerful earthquake toppled houses and schools in China‚Äôs remote Xinjiang region on Monday, killing at least 242 people and injuring more than 1,000 others, officials and state media said.
THE 6.8 MAGNITUDE quake struck Bachu County on the western edge of Xinjiang, near China‚Äôs mountainous border with Kyrgyzstan, at 10:03 a.m. local time, the government said. The U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., put the quake‚Äôs magnitude at 6.3.
At least 242 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured, the official Xinhua News Agency said, without giving details. It said the quake was the most serious to strike Xinjiang since 1949, when the communist government was founded.
More than 1,000 houses and school buildings collapsed in one village in Bachu County, where the earthquake was centered, Xinhua reported. It said tremors were felt in Kashgar, the biggest city...