A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.1 occurred on the Kyrgyzstan-Xinjiang border. Some people were injured and several houses collapsed in this earthquake that happened last night. This information was reported by the Reuters news agency on China’s state media Xinhua.
According to the China Earthquake Administration, the earthquake was felt at a depth of 22 kilometers (13 miles) in the border area of Wuxi County in northwest China’s Xinjiang region at 2:09 p.m. China Earthquake Network Center said 40 aftershocks had been recorded as of 8am today.
According to the Xinjiang Earthquake Agency, the epicenter was located about 50 km (31 mi) from Wuxi, and five villages were located within a 20 km (12 mi) radius around the epicenter.
The Xinjiang Railway Department immediately suspended operations after the earthquake and 27 trains were reported to have been disrupted. The China Earthquake Administration says emergency services have been activated in coordination with the earthquake relief headquarters and the Ministry of Emergency Management. At the same time a team has also been sent there to assist the local rescuers.
Netizens on Chinese social media platform Weibo reported that the late-night earthquake was strongly felt in Urumqi, Korla, Kashgar, Yining and surrounding areas.
Meanwhile, the government of Kazakhstan says that the earthquake was also felt there. However, no casualties or major damage were reported.