A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shakes the border between China and Kyrgyzstan

01/01/2024 Archive image of China Firefighters SOCIETY Europe Press/Contact/Zhang Long

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale shook the border between China and Kyrgyzstan early this Tuesday morning, prompting Chinese authorities to activate an emergency response, with no casualties reported. The earthquake occurred at around 2:09 a.m. (local time) in Wushi county, which is located in Aksu prefecture, in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, in northwest China, according to the Xinhua news agency. . The epicenter is 22 kilometers deep and 50 kilometers from the city of Wushi. The tremor has been followed by several aftershocks of up to 5.3 degrees. Some buildings have collapsed and the area has experienced a power outage which is being restored. The authorities have activated an advanced earthquake rescue team and a light fire team, so there are nearly a thousand people in the affected area. From Kyrgyzstan, the Minister of Emergency Situations has indicated that it is collecting information and has recommended residents not to panic, although no victims or damage have been reported, reports the Kyrgyz news portal Kaktus Media.

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