Two earthquakes felt in China

The first quake happened in the northwestern Xinjiang region, while the second was in the southwest province of Sichuan.

    China was hit by two earthquakes in separate regions on Tuesday.

    Two moderate earthquakes struck separate regions of China, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage in either area.

    A 5.4-magnitude quake jolted a remote part of northwestern Xinjiang region on Tuesday, while an earthquake measuring 5.5 hit the Sichuan-Gansu border area in the southwest.

    The Xinjiang quake, which USGS revised down from an initial reading of 6.0, struck at 8:21am (0021 GMT) around 96 kilometres (59 miles) east of the city of Yining, at a depth of 27 kilometres.

    Xinjiang is a vast region with a population of around 20 million, of which roughly nine million are Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking mainly Muslim ethnic minority.

    An official at the Xinjiang earthquake bureau told AFP she had not received any reports of casualties.

    A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck the region in August, injuring at least 26 people, three of them critically, and destroying more than 30 residential buildings.

    The quake in southwest China hit at 05:58 am (2158 GMT) around 49 kilometres west northwest of Guangyuan in Sichuan province, a region devastated by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in 2008.

    An official in Qingchuan county, where the quake struck, told AFP: "It is not very serious".

    Another official said the quake had cracked walls and dislodged roof tiles in mountain areas but there had been no reports of casualties or economic losses.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.