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Northwest China Quake Damages Homes July 29, 2011
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Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate after a shallow earthquake damaged their homes near the border of northwest China’s Xinjiang region and Mongolia.

The 5.0 magnitude shaking left cracks in more than 300 homes and 170 farm buildings, according to officials in Altay, 175 miles to the north-northwest of the epicenter.

There were no significant injuries or casualties, the official Chinese Xinhua news agency reports.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 3:05 a.m. local time at a depth of about 50,000 feet.

Xinjiang is a vast mountainous region and home to about 20 million people.

Eight million of them are Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim group.