Moderate Earthquake Rocks Northwestern China

By: AP
By: AP

BEIJING (AP) - China's state media say a magnitude-5.3
earthquake has sent rocks crashing down onto a road in the
country's northwest and caused car crashes that left five injured.

The official Xinhua News Agency and U.S. Geological Survey say
the quake struck Wednesday morning in the sprawling Xinjiang
region's Toksun county, about 1,400 miles (2,300 kilometers) west
of Beijing.

Xinhua says a driver who braked hard to avoid rocks crashing
down in front of him in the neighboring Dabancheng district caused
a 17-car pileup, leading to the injuries, including two that were

It says railway service on two critical lines was suspended for
two hours for safety checks and students taking the national
college entrance exam were evacuated from exam halls.

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