BEIJING (AP) – Residents and travellers sought shelter after a strong earthquake rocked a remote part of northwestern China yesterday morning.
No injuries or major damage have been reported following the temblor that struck the Xinjiang region at 7.49am, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of people evacuating an airport departure hall and ceiling fixtures swaying as the ground rocked.
Ground crews were seen inspecting the airport’s exterior as the sun began to rise over the region’s Shahe county.
The China Earthquake Networks Centre registered the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 6.1, while the United States Geological Survey reported it as 5.7.