6.4-magnitude earthquake jolts NW China

Baku, January 21, AZERTAC

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit Menyuan county of Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Qinghai province at 1:13 a.m. on Thursday, according to Xinhua.

The epicenter was monitored at 37.68 degrees north latitude and 101.62 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

An aftershock, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, was reported minutes after the initial quake.

Reports of casualties are not instantly available.

Menyuan is home to approximately 150,000 people. So far, telecom services in the country has remained normal.

Tremors are also felt in Xining, capital city of Qinghai Province, and in the neighboring Gansu Province. Witnesses say many scared local residents have run outdoors and some stay in cars, despite a freezing temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius.

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