M5.5 earthquake kills 8 in China, after M6.5 earthquake hits South Sandwich Islands

A‍t least eight people were killed and dozens injured after a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck China’s northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on May 11, 2017.

Hours before a M6.5 earthquake hit near Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

8 people were killed and 23 injured in the magnitude 5.5 earthquake that occurred on Thursday at 05:58 in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China.

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M5.5 earthquake kills 8 ad injures 20 in China on May 11, 2017. via People’s Daily China

Numerous strong aftershocks – 82 as of 10:00 – were felt after the earthquake.

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M5.5 earthquake kills 8 ad injures 20 in China on May 11, 2017. via People’s Daily China

The earthquake affected more than 12,000 local residents. 9,200 people were evacuated to safe places.

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M5.5 earthquake kills 8 ad injures 20 in China on May 11, 2017. via People’s Daily China

Large cracks appeared in walls of buildings and several houses collapsed near the epicenter of the quake.

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A M6.5 earthquake hit off Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands on May 10, 2017. via USGS

A few hours before, at 11:23 pm on May 10, 2017, a M6.5 earthquake rattled South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. No tsunami threats have been reported.

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