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article image6.2 magnitude quake hits far-western Xinjiang region of China

By Anne Sewell     Aug 12, 2012 in Environment
Xinjiang - The far-western Xinjiang region of China has suffered a 6.2 magnitude quake today. There are no reports of casualties or damage as yet.
Following two earthquakes in Iran yesterday, it is now China's turn to be shook up.
As reported by the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), a 6.2 magnitude tremor hit today in far-western China. While there are no initial reports of casualties or damage, the depth of the tremor was 30 kilometers, which tends to increase the risk of harm.
The earthquake was centered 282 kms (175 miles) southeast of the city of Hotan, and the area is in the fortunately thinly populated Kunlun mountains.
The area hit is one of China's most seismically active, and is along the edge of the Himalayan Plateau.
The quake hit at 18:47 Beijing Time on Sunday and was followed by two aftershocks, measuring 4.8 and 3.0 on the Richter scale, at 18:49 and 18:53 Beijing Time respectively.
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