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Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Hits Xinjiang, China, USGS Says

EARTHQUAKE ALERT – The US Geological Survey announced that magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Xinjiang, China.

On Sunday evening (January 19, 2020), China’s government earthquake agency reported that a powerful earthquake shakes China’s far west Xinjiang region. The quake struck the region at 9:21 pm.

The China Earthquake Networks Center said that the quake has a depth of 16 kilometers. The quake’s epicenter has been located at 100 kilometers east-northeast of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar.

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake

The quake’s epicenter struck the area near a populated mountain and desert terrain. Xinjiang is regularly struck by powerful tremors especially in the mountainous western and southwestern regions.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that a magnitude 6.0 earthquake also struck Sulawesi, Indonesia on Monday (January 20, 2020). The tremor has a depth of 131 kilometers and its epicenter has been located at 116 km southeast of Gorontalo.

The agency reported that there were no injuries or damage have been recorded after the incident.

In 2003, China experienced a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake that takes the lives of almost 268 people and caused severe damage in the area.

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