A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Xinjiang, China; the Delhi-NCR is shaken.

Xinjiang, China

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Xinjiang, China; the Delhi-NCR is shaken.

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck China’s Xinjiang province, causing numerous injuries and house collapses. The Delhi-NCR area felt the shocks.

After an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale struck China’s Southern Xinjiang province on Monday night, there were strong vibrations felt in the Delhi-National Capital province.

The National Center for Seismology reported, “Earthquake of Magnitude:7.2, Occurred on 22-01-2024, 23:39:11 IST, Lat: 40.96 & Long: 78.30, Depth: 80 Km, Location: Southern Xinjiang, China.”

Along the border between Xinjiang and Kyrgyzstan, several house collapses and multiple casualties were reported, according to officials. Following the earthquake, the Xinjiang railway department immediately halted operations and 27 trains.

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Up to 14 aftershocks measuring 3.0 or higher were reportedly detected close to the epicentre, Wushi County, in northwest China, according to Chinese media. With a magnitude of 5.3, the biggest aftershock occurred roughly 17 kilometers from the epicentre.

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According to Reuters news agency, which cited Chinese sources, Chinese officials launched emergency response services and numerous departments coordinated relief efforts, including cotton tents, coats, comforters, mattresses, folding beds, and heating stoves.

The same earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.7, was reported by Kazakhstan’s ministry of emergency.

The largest city in Kazakhstan, Almaty, saw residents flee their homes and congregate outside in spite of the cold; some were even clad in pajamas and slippers.

About thirty minutes after the initial earthquakes, aftershocks were also felt in Uzbekistan. From Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, no reports of damages or injuries have been made.

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