A strong earthquake shook a remote area of far-western China on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
The USGS said the preliminary-magnitude 6.5 quake struck western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It said it was centered near the border with Tajikistan and was quite shallow, at a depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles).
According to the United States Geological Survey, the region is “one of the most seismically hazardous” in the world because it’s affected by the collision of the India and Eurasia plates. However, the USGS has marked both the economic losses and fatalities as green, which means that there is “a low likelihood of casualties and damage” from the quake.
Shallow earthquakes are more likely to cause damage in populated urban areas, but the area of Xinjiang is largely rural.