6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes China’s Xinjiang Region



(Yicai Global) Dec. 8 -- A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Hutubi County in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 1.15 pm today with a seismic focus 6 kilometers deep, the China Earthquake Networks Center said. ‘Seismic focus’ refers to the area in the Earth's crust where underground rocks began to break under earthquake-strength pressures. The epicenter is the surface area above it.

No casualties have been reported thus far. The China Earthquake Administration has initiated a phase III emergency response, and has asked rescue personnel to quickly conduct their disaster rescue and recovery work.

Hutubi county lies within the Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture, which encompasses a total area of about 9,721 square kilometers, with a population of about 217,000.