6.3-magnitude quake reported in China

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook northwest China's Xinjiang-Uighur region Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which was measured by China's earthquake networks center at magnitude 6.2, struck at 6:47 p.m. local time.


The epicenter, at a depth of 19 miles, was in Keriya County, 174 miles east-southeast of Hotan in China and 298 miles east-northeast of Leh in neighboring India, the USGS said.

China's quake center said the quake was followed by at least two aftershocks, measuring 4.8 and 3.0 on the Richter scale, but no casualties were reported, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The quakes occurred in unpopulated areas 16,400 feet above sea level, an official with the local earthquake bureau said.

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