The quake measuring magnitude 5.5 occurred in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region at the depth of 5 miles, China’s Earthquake Administration said. It was registered at 5:58 a.m. local time (21:58GMT).
Some 80 aftershocks have been felt in the area in the hours that followed, the state news agency Xinhua said. The tremors collapsed 1,520 homes and caused an evacuation of 9,200 residents.
Earlier reports said that eight people had been confirmed dead and 23 had been injured. A clear-up operation is underway.