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Strong tremors felt in west China after Afghanistan quake

Xinhua, April 11, 2016 Adjust font size:

Strong tremors were felt in southern Xinjiang in northwest China when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan on Sunday, but no casualties have been reported.

The China Earthquake Networks Center said the quake hit the Hindu Kush area at 6:28 p.m. (Beijing Time) at 36.56 degrees north and 71.31 degrees east, at a depth of 200 km.

Residents of Kashgar, Hotan and Kizilsu Kirgiz prefectures of the autonomous region that borders Afghanistan felt strong tremors.

Deng Jiaping, a citizen of Kashgar, told Xinhua that the building she lives in shook for less than a minute, toppling her desktop computer and sending neighbors running out for safety.

Some railway sections in the south of Xinjiang were closed for safety checks after the quake.

Local authorities in Xinjiang are still assessing conditions in the affected regions.