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Eight dead after earthquake strikes far western China

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The morning quake struck in Taxkorgan county, a remote mountainous area that borders Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in China's Xinjiang region.

The Xinjiang Earthquake Administration said more than 180 houses had collapsed.

The US Geological Survey said the 5.4-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres at 5:58 am Thursday (local time).

The official Xinhua News Agency said there had been frequent aftershocks and search and rescue work was under way.

Earthquakes are common in China's west.