Moderate quake hits China's Xinjiang province
A 5.5 magnitude earthquake jolted China's Xinjiang province on Friday, according to the local seismological bureau.world Updated: Jun 17, 2012 08:03 IST
A 5.5 magnitude earthquake jolted China's Xinjiang province on Friday, according to the local seismological bureau.
The quake hit Luntai county in northern Xinjiang. The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 20 km, according to the seismological bureau of Bayingolin Mongol autonomous prefecture.
Residents in the county and some nearby counties said they felt a strong tremor. People in Xinjiang's capital city Urumqi said they could also feel the quake.
The county government said the epicenter is in the mountainous area with an altitude of about 2,500 meters.
There were no reports of casualties, Xinhua news agency reported.
Luntai is located south of Tianshan mountains and the northern edge of Tarim Basin, and it is more than 600 kilometers from Urumqi.