Earthquake strikes Xinjiang region in China

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Feb.25 - 2024 9:51 AM CET

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A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Akqi County in the northwestern Xinjiang region of China on Sunday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 11 km as reported by CENC.

There have been no reports of casualties or collapsed buildings, according to Xinhua, which cited local authorities. The areas surrounding the epicenter are noted for their sparse population.

Earthquakes between 5.5 and 6.0 can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings, seismologists say, but no structural damage or casualties have been reported.

Xinhua also reported that the local main electrical grid and power distribution networks are functioning normally, and local train services have not been disrupted.