M6.0 earthquake rocks western China
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck China's western-most Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region surrounding the city of Kashgar on Thursday night, state press reported Friday.
The quake struck the Artux region northwest of Kashgar and near the border to neighboring Kyrgyzstan at 9:51 p.m. Thursday local time, Xinhua News Agency reported.
No casualties have been reported, and efforts are now being made to assess damage, the report said.
The region was struck by a series of tremors over 6.0 on the open-ended Richter scale early last year, with Chinese seismologists attributing the geologic activity to a collision between the Indian tectonic plate and the Asian-European tectonic plate.