7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes western China

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck western China early Friday, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake hit at 6:33 a.m. (2233 GMT Thursday), about 225 kilometers southeast of Hotan in Xinjiang province, the USGS said. Dale Grant, a USGS geophysicist, described the area as "very seismically active" but said Friday's temblor was the biggest there on record.