Disasters & Accidents

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits western China again

Beijing, Jan 26 (EFE).- China recorded a 5.6 magnitude earthquake Friday in the western region of Xinjiang, the same area struck by a magnitude 7.1 tremor earlier in the week, the country’s seismological agency said.

The earthquake occurred at 04:01 local time (20:01 GMT on Thursday) in Wushi county, with an epicenter 18 kilometers deep, with no casualties or damage to buildings reported at the moment.

On Tuesday, the same county, bordering Kyrgyzstan, recorded a 7.1 magnitude tremor that left three dead and material damage.

Despite the strength of the earthquake, casualties are said to have remained low because the area is sparsely populated.

On Dec. 18, at least 151 people were killed in a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that shook the provinces of Gansu and Qinghai, in northwest China, where it also left serious damage to infrastructure and more than 200,000 destroyed homes.

The December earthquake was the deadliest recorded in the country since the one in August 2014 in the southern province of Yunnan, which caused 617 deaths. EFE

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