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7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Kyrgyzstan-Xinjiang Border

Xinjiang has experienced many large earthquakes in the last 24 hours


A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit the Kyrgyzstan-Xinjiang border region on Tuesday, causing multiple causalities and damaged structures.

According to the China Earthquake Administration, the epicentre of the tremor struck at 2:09 a.m. (1809 GMT) and was 22 kilometres (13 miles) in the hilly border area of Wushi County in northwest China’s Xinjiang region.

As of 8 a.m. (0000 GMT), 40 aftershocks were detected.

China’s Earthquake Administration stated it promptly launched emergency response services in collaboration with the Office of the Earthquake Relief Headquarters and the Ministry of Emergency Management, sending out a group to oversee local rescue efforts.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management stated multiple departments coordinated rescue efforts, providing cotton tents, coats, comforters, mattresses, folding beds, and heating stoves.

The Xinjiang railway department immediately halted operations, and 27 trains were reportedly disrupted by the earthquake.

Xinjiang has experienced many large earthquakes in the last 24 hours.

The emergencies ministry in nearby Kazakhstan reported the most latest earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.7.

The tremors, followed by aftershocks around 30 minutes later, were felt in Uzbekistan.

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