A strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the China-Kyrgyz border

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A strong 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the mountainous China-Kyrgyz border on Tuesday, prompting warnings of potentially widespread damage, although no casualties were immediately reported.

Local authorities sent a team to reach the epicenter of the quake, state news agency Xinhua said, while about 800 people were on standby ready for any major disaster relief mission.

The earthquake was registered shortly after 2:00 a.m. (18:00 GMT Monday) at a depth of 13 kilometers in China’s Xinjiang region, about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of the city of Aksu.

Two residential houses and barns collapsed in an area near the epicenter in rural Wushi County, Xinhua reported, while electricity was temporarily knocked out.

Local TV stations in the Indian capital, Delhi, reported strong tremors in the city, about 1,400 kilometers away.

A resident of Aksu told Xinhua that people rushed outside because of the tremors, despite freezing morning temperatures hovering around -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit).

Cao Yanglong, in the city on a business trip, told the state news agency that when he was on the 21st floor of the hotel, he felt as if he had been “shaken out of bed.”

People also fled their homes to seek shelter on the street in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, after the quake caused walls to shake and furniture to move, according to an AFP reporter.

Bohobek Azhikeev, head of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations, said in a video message that “no casualties or damage were reported in the city of Bishkek”.

– Aftershocks –

Five villages are located within 20 kilometers of the epicenter, according to Xinhua, and the area was followed by several small earthquakes of up to magnitude 5.5.

“Extensive damage is likely,” the United States Geological Survey said in a quake report.

Authorities in Kazakhstan also reported tremors, although no casualties or major destruction have yet been confirmed.

In Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, citizens streamed outside after the earthquake, according to images posted on social media and local news media.

Tuesday’s earthquake came a day after a landslide buried dozens of people and killed at least eight in southwest China.

An earthquake in the northwest of the country in December killed 148 people and displaced thousands from their homes in Gansu province.

The earthquake was China’s deadliest since 2014, when more than 600 people were killed in the southwestern Yunnan province.

In December’s earthquake, sub-zero temperatures made the rescue operation launched in response even more challenging, with survivors huddling by outdoor fires to keep warm.

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