On Tuesday, a severe earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the border region between China and Kyrgyzstan. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) warned that this could result in substantial damage.
Residents in New Delhi, India, approximately 1,400 kilometers away, reported feeling the tremors. The earthquake was centered in China’s Xinjiang region, 140 kilometers west of Aksu, and occurred at a depth of 27 kilometers at 2:00am local time.
Following the initial quake, the area experienced three additional tremors, with magnitudes of 5.5, 5.1, and 5.0. The USGS indicated that there could be casualties, although none were immediately reported in the mountainous, rural area where the earthquake occurred. The report suggested that significant damage was likely and the disaster could be widespread.
This earthquake occurred just a day after a landslide in southwestern China, which resulted in the death of at least eight people and buried many others.
In December, another earthquake in the northwest of the country resulted in the death of 148 people and displaced thousands in Gansu province. This was the deadliest earthquake in China since 2014, when over 600 people lost their lives in the southwestern Yunnan province.
The relief efforts following the December earthquake were particularly challenging due to the freezing temperatures, making the situation even more difficult for the survivors.