Beijing: An earthquake measuring 5.1 on
the Richter scale hit a remote mountainous region in northwest
China`s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region today, but there were
no immediate reports of casualties, officials said.
While there are no reports yet of casualties, local
officials at Wuqia County of Kizilsu Prefecture, about 60-km
from the quake epicentre, said they are still assessing damage
According to the China Earthquake Networks Centre, the
5.1 earthquake struck at 2:38 PM. The epicentre was 39.9
degrees north latitude and 74.7 degrees east longitude,
Residents in Wuqia and at least three neighbouring
villages and townships felt the quake, state-run Xinhua news
Also, communications were temporarily shut down
after the tremor.
Reached by phone, an official in Wuheshalu town told
Xinhua that many houses in the township suffered cracks during
the quake, but there are no immediate reports of casualties.
"What I worry about most is what happened to about 60
people at a herdsman settlement some 80-km from the
epicentre," Li Rongjun, the official, said. "They cannot be
reached by phone. We have sent people there to check."
There were also a number of mines near the epicentre,
but these mines were not being operated at the time of the
quake, Li said.