Updated: 02/12/2014 18:01 | By Agence France-Presse

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes China's Xinjiang: USGS

A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck China's far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.


Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes China's Xinjiang: USGS

Rescuers run through a landslide area following an earthquake in Deqin county, southwest China's Yunnan province on August 31, 2013 - by AFP

The tremor was only 12.5 kilometres (eight miles) deep but hit about 270 kilometres east-southeast of Hotan, the USGS said, in an extremely remote part of the region. China's earthquake network centre gave the magnitude as 7.3.

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