USGS: Strong quake hits remote western China

By REUTERS
June 30, 2012 08:27

 
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BEIJING - A magnitude 6.3 quake struck a remote region of western China, close to the Kazakhstan border early on Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, injuring around 10 people.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.5, struck at 5:07 a.m. local time on Saturday (2107 GMT on Friday), and was centered 87 miles (141 km) southwest of the town of Shihezi in Xinjiang, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur people.

The official Xinhua news agency said there was strong shaking felt in the regional capital Urumqi which lasted for about 10 seconds, causing some people to rush out of their houses and into the street.

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