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China says 6 killed, thousands of buildings collapse in mag-6.5 quake in far western region

  • In this photo taken on July 3, 2015 and released by China's Xinhua News Agency, soldiers carry out rescue work in Pishan county, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.  A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang and collapsed thousands of houses, officials said Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Xu Runxian/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES

    In this photo taken on July 3, 2015 and released by China's Xinhua News Agency, soldiers carry out rescue work in Pishan county, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang and collapsed thousands of houses, officials said Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Xu Runxian/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, residents take a rest in tents following Friday's earthquake in Pishan county of Hotan prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Saturday, July 4, 2015.  A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang and collapsed thousands of houses, officials said Saturday. (Shen Qiao/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES

    In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, residents take a rest in tents following Friday's earthquake in Pishan county of Hotan prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Saturday, July 4, 2015. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang and collapsed thousands of houses, officials said Saturday. (Shen Qiao/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, killing six people and damaging or collapsing thousands of buildings, authorities said.

The quake hit Pishan county in the Hotan region of Xinjiang at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, the China Earthquake Networks Center said.

"Buildings were trembling and people rushed to the streets," said Jin Xingchang, an express courier in Hotan city, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Pishan.

Six people died and about 3,000 houses and other buildings collapsed or were damaged, according to Xinjiang's Bureau of Civil Affairs.

The mostly ethnic Muslim Uighur area of Pishan is at the southern edge of the Taklamakan desert near the border with India, and is abundant in mineral resources including coal, crude oil, natural gas and jade.