October 6, 2008 / 9:32 AM / 11 years ago

Quakes hit China's remote west

BEIJING (Reuters) - Strong earthquakes hit China’s remote western regions of Xinjiang and Tibet on Monday, after a weekend quake in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan killed up to 70 people and levelled a village.

The quake in Tibet was a magnitude 6.6 tremor that hit at 4.30 pm local time (0830 GMT) around 80 km (50 miles) west of the regional capital Lhasa, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website (http:/earthquake.usgs.gov).

Residents in the city said they had felt the quake, but there was no visible damage. Closer to the epicentre, in the county of Qushui, buildings shook and windows rattled but a hospital official said there were no reports of any injuries.

It was followed around 15 minutes later by a 5.1 magnitude shock in a similar area.

Just after midnight local time a magnitude 5.7 quake hit an area near China’s western border with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, about 20 minutes after a stronger quake that struck nearby in Kyrgyzstan.

Reporting by Jason Subler and Beijing newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie

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