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Strong Earthquake Shakes Remote Far-Western China

According to the United States Geological Survey, the region is “one of the most seismically hazardous” in the world

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    Strong Earthquake Shakes Remote Far-Western China
    United States Geological Survey
    A strong earthquake hit China on Nov. 25, 2016.

    A strong earthquake shook a remote area of far-western China on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

    The USGS said the preliminary-magnitude 6.5 quake struck western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It said it was centered near the border with Tajikistan and was quite shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).

    According to the United States Geological Survey, the region is “one of the most seismically hazardous” in the world because it’s affected by the collision of the India and Eurasia plates. However, the USGS has marked both the economic losses and fatalities as green, which means that there is “a low likelihood of casualties and damage” from the quake.

     

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    there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 and struck western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It said it was centered near the border with Tajikistan and was quite shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).
    Shallow earthquakes are more likely to cause damage in populated urban areas, but the area of Xinjiang is largely rural.
    China's earthquake monitoring agency said the quake occurred in Akto county in Kizilsu Khirgiz Autonomous Prefecture in Xinjiang.

    Shallow earthquakes are more likely to cause damage in populated urban areas, but the area of Xinjiang is largely rural.