Monday, April 11, 2016

Strong tremors felt in west China after Afghanistan quake

Strong tremors were felt in southern Xinjiang in northwest China when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan on Sunday, but no casualties have been reported.

The China Earthquake Networks Center said the quake hit the Hindu Kush area at 6:28 p.m. (Beijing Time) at 36.56 degrees north and 71.31 degrees east, at a depth of 200 km.

Residents of Kashgar, Hotan and Kizilsu Kirgiz prefectures of the autonomous region that borders Afghanistan felt strong tremors.

Deng Jiaping, a citizen of Kashgar, told Xinhua that the building she lives in shook for less than a minute, toppling her desktop computer and sending neighbors running out for safety.

Some railway sections in the south of Xinjiang were closed for safety checks after the quake.

Local authorities in Xinjiang are still assessing conditions in the affected regions.

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  1. At least six people died, while 46 others were injured in northwestern Pakistan as a result of a magnitude 6.6 earthquake on Sunday that shook several Asian countries and had its epicenter in Afghanistan, officials told EFE...

    Five deaths and 45 injuries were reported in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistani national disaster management official Latif ur Rehman said.

    In the neighboring region of Gilgit Baltistan, one death was reported, while another person was injured.

    The earthquake was detected at 2.48pm local time (10:18am GMT) and the epicenter was recorded at a depth of about 210 kilometers deep in the region of Hindukush, Badakhshan province, according to the US Geological Survey, which observes seismic activity around the world.

    The quake shook other Pakistani cities such as Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, while many residents ran out to open spaces on the streets....EFE


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