CHINA 5.4-magnitude quake hits northwest China: CENC

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5.4-magnitude quake hits northwest China: CENC

Xinhua

17:34, October 16, 2018

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Photo from offcial Weibo account of the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Jinghe County in Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture of Bortala, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was monitored at 44.19 degrees north latitude and 82.53 degrees east longitude, the center said in a statement.

The quake shook several townships within 50 km of the epicenter, although no casualties have been reported.

The pendant lamps started to shake very strongly, and there were cracks in the walls, said a local resident.

The quake also halted three trains running in Xinjiang, according to the region's railway authorities.

Hundreds of firefighters are heading toward the quake-hit area as part of the region's rescue efforts.

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