No casualty yet after 6.2-magnitude quake hits Xinjiang

No casualty has so far been reported after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted Hutubi County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

The epicenter was located at 43.83 degrees north latitude and 86.35 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 6 km., and was strongly felt in Urumqi, the regional capital, and other places such as Ili and Shihezi in northern Xinjiang.

Hutubi is about 100 km. away from Urumqi.

Wang Guiqin, a resident who lives on the second floor of a building in Hutubi, told Xinhua "the building was shaking and the lamp in my home looked like falling down. The hooks of the window curtain rang and the balcony door opened because of the shake," she said.

A Xinhua reporter in Urumqi said his office building shook for more than 10 seconds. Drink cans and bottles fell to the ground from shelves in a superstore in Urumqi.

A county official in Hutubi told Xinhua no house collapsed in the urban area. Officials are checking the damage of two townships hit by the quake.

Fire fighters and quake officials are on their way to the county.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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