30 Jun 2012

Strong quake in western China

1:46 pm on 30 June 2012

A strong earthquake has occurred in a remote region of western China, close to the Kazakhstan border.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.3 quake occurred at 5.07am on Saturday. It was centred 151km southwest of the town of Shihezi in Xinjiang province.

It was at a depth of 18km and was initially reported as magnitude 6.5.

The Xinhua news agency said strong shaking was felt in the regional capital Urumqi for about 10 seconds.

People were thrown from their beds and the power was cut in the county nearest the epicenter.

Xinhua said some houses collapsed in a village close to the epicentre.

Initial reports said about 10 people were injured in the quake, one seriously. Xinhua said most of them were tourists.