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An earthquake with magnitude 6.4 occurred near Hotan, Xinjiang, China

EarthquakeA 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck China’s far western region of Xinjiang, about 164km northwest of the city of Hotan.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday (Jul 3), the US Geological Survey said.

The epicentre was 164km northwest of the city of Hotan, it said. The China Earthquake Network Centre gave the magnitude as 6.5 and 131km southeast of Shache, known as Yarkand in Uighur, the language of the local mainly Muslim minority.

The location given by USGS put it on the edge of the Taklamakan desert, a vast and uninhabited region. The China Earthquake Network Centre gave the magnitude as 6.5.

USGS gave the estimated depth at 10km, a default setting for mid-continental tremors when data is limited. China is regularly hit by earthquakes, particularly in its southwestern provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan.

Earthquakes occurring at the depth of less than 70 kilometers are considered shallow, causing more prolonged effects and potentially more damage.

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