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Powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes near China’s border with Kyrgyzstan [PICTURES + VIDEOS]

Early on Tuesday, a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck a remote and mountainous region in China’s far western Xinjiang, causing multiple injuries as reported by state media and impacting Central Asian countries hundreds of miles away.

Below are pictures we gathered

The epicenter was in Wushi county, also known as Uqturpan county, near the Kyrgyzstan border, occurring shortly after 2 a.m. local time, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua. The strong tremors led to the collapse of two houses and the disruption of two major power lines near the epicenter, although electricity was promptly restored.

Xinjiang railway authority responded by sealing off routes in the affected areas, resulting in the suspension of 27 trains. State broadcaster CCTV reported three people hospitalized in a township 26 kilometers from the epicenter, with a child rescued from the rubble of a house. Over 200 rescue workers were dispatched to the quake zone, with more being assembled, according to Xinhua.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, more than 50 aftershocks above magnitude 3 were reported by the China Earthquake Networks Center. The quake’s epicenter was in a remote, mountainous, and sparsely populated area at an altitude exceeding 3,000 meters (9,842 feet).

The affected region, with a radius of 20 kilometers from the epicenter, includes five villages, and the main urban area of Wushi county is about 50 kilometers away. Wushi county has a population of 205,000, as per China’s 2020 census.

Cities hundreds of miles away, such as Kashgar and Hotan in southern Xinjiang, experienced heavy tremors. Videos shared on Chinese social media depicted lights swinging, crowds seeking shelter outside, and residents bundled up against low overnight temperatures. The quake’s impact extended beyond China, with reports of tremors felt in Kyrgyzstan and injuries in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty. Uzbekistan also experienced the effects of the quake.

It’s noteworthy that the affected region in Xinjiang comprises predominantly Uyghur residents, a Muslim ethnic minority subjected to a Chinese government crackdown. The United Nations has accused China of committing serious human rights violations against Uyghurs, a claim vehemently denied by Beijing. This earthquake follows a powerful one in December that claimed 151 lives in northwest China, marking the deadliest quake in the country in nine years.

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