At least one dies in earthquake near China Tajikistan border

The earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck China’s northwestern border with Tajikistan, killing at least 1 person, destroying houses and severing a railway line


Frontier defense soldiers check the damage of a collapsed house at the quake-hit Bulake Village of Muji Township in Akto County on Saturday. Photo: AP
Frontier defense soldiers check the damage of a collapsed house at the quake-hit Bulake Village of Muji Township in Akto County on Saturday. Photo: AP

Shanghai: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck China’s northwestern border with Tajikistan killing at least 1 person, destroying houses and severing a railway line in the sparsely populated region, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.

Rescue teams in the Xinjiang region have been sent to help isolated communities in Akto County, which sits on China’s mountainous border with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Xinhua said the quake hit the area late on Friday evening, and its magnitude was measured by the China Earthquakes Networks Center.

The US Geological Survey had reported that a 6.7 magnitude quake, with a depth 75km (46.6 miles), struck the area at around 10.24pm (14.24 GMT) on Friday, but later downgraded the magnitude to 6.5.

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