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  • Ahmed Saleh

5.7-magnitude earthquake hits Akqi County, Xinjiang, China at 6:27 am

Urumqi, January 30, 2024, On Tuesday at 6:27 am Beijing Time, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck Akqi County in the Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture of Kizilsu, located in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Local authorities, as quoted by Xinhua, have reported no casualties thus far.

The earthquake's epicenter, situated at a depth of 10 km, was monitored at 41.15 degrees north latitude and 78.67 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). The seismic event occurred in an area where no townships are located within a 20-km radius. The epicenter was 33 km away from the county seat of Akqi and 47 km away from the county seat of Wushi. Both counties experienced strong tremors.

Despite the intensity of the earthquake, local fire, public security, and emergency rescue departments have confirmed that there have been no reported casualties or collapsed houses at this time. The fire department has mobilized two vehicles and 10 personnel to engage in rescue operations, demonstrating a swift response to mitigate potential impacts and ensure the safety of the affected areas.

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