Tremors felt in China as quake hits Kyrgyzstan

Tremors felt in China as quake hits Kyrgyzstan

Tremors felt in China as quake hits Kyrgyzstan

Tremors were felt in the southern parts of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region today after a 6.7-magnitude quake hit Kyrgyzstan but no casualties were reported.

The quake struck at 7:17 PM today, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

"The tremors lasted for more than a minute.Almost everyone in the neighborhood ran downstairs and the courtyard was soon crowded with people," said Muradin Muhammat Turdi, a resident in Wuqia County, Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture of Kizilsu. The county is close to the epicenter.

Turdi said he was surfing the web when the quake struck.

"The computer screen shook violently. I hid myself in a corner of the bathroom for a moment, but as the tremors continued, I ran downstairs," he said.

"I felt dizzy for a few seconds," said Feng Zhuoyi, a village official working in the outskirts of Kashgar City, about 200 km from Kyrgyzstan.

Feng was in her office when the quake struck.

"The villagers yelled for me to leave my office immediately. But tremors were felt clearly even in the open space outside the office building," she said.

Two passenger trains were suspended in Xinjiang as railway authorities checked the tracks, power and communication equipment for safety considerations, the local railway bureau said in a statement.

A commodity fair in Kashgar City, attended by hundreds of traders from China and also neighboring countries including Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan, was unaffected as the exhibition halls had been closed at least an hour before the quake, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"We have not received any reports yet concerning casualties, home damages or property losses," said Huang Tiejun, chief of the seismological bureau in Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture of Kizilsu.

"We are closely watching the situation and fire brigades are standing by for rescue," he said.

Kyrgyzstan borders Xinjiang's Kizilsu and Aksu prefecture.