6.9 Quake Kills 4, Injures 61 in China


A powerful earthquake Thursday struck a western Chinese province bordering the Soviet Union, killing four people and injuring 61, the official New China News Agency said.

It said the quake, the second to rock the area in three weeks, destroyed buildings and flattened a hydroelectric power station, damaging its dam.

A State Seismological Bureau spokesman in the town of Artux, about 55 miles from the quake’s epicenter, said local seismographs measured the 4:46 a.m. earthquake at 6.9 on the Richter scale.

He said the temblor’s epicenter was near the Tien Shan mountain town of Wuqia, which was flattened Aug. 23 by an earthquake that registered 7.4.

“All of Wuqia county was affected, but most of the houses were already knocked down (by the earlier quake) and the people were living in a temporary camp.”