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Saturday, January 12, 2019, 17:39
5.1-magnitude quake jolts Xinjiang
By Xinhua
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 17:39 By Xinhua

Affected villagers wait to be transferred at Kuzigun Village in Taxkorgan County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 11, 2017. (LI JING / XINHUA)

URUMQI - No casualties have been reported after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at midday Saturday, the local government said.

The tremor struck Shufu County at 12:32 p.m. Saturday at a depth of 10 km, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). It was immediately followed by a 3.1-magnitude quake at a depth of 12 km.

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The quake was felt in Kashgar and nearby counties. Local authorities have activated an emergency response and dispatched working teams to the epicenter area.

Six villages are within 5 km of the epicenter and two townships are within 20 km.

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