7.1-magnitude quake hits Northwest China's Xinjiang

2024-01-23 13:00:15中国新闻网 ECNS App Download

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Wushi County in Aksu Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region at 2:09 a.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). 

The epicenter, with a depth of 22 km, was monitored at 41.26 degrees north latitude and 78.63 degrees east longitude, said the CENC. The main quake was followed by a succession of aftershocks as strong as 5.3 in magnitude, according to the CENC. 

Preliminary report indicates that the epicenter was situated in a township in Wushi County within the mountainous border area between China and Kyrgyzstan. 

The quakes were felt strongly in the Aksu area. A local resident told China News Service that many people rushed to open space for safety. 

(Reported by Li Mingfei; Edited by Ma Yuxuan)




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