Powerful earthquake hits China
A powerful magnitude earthquake rocked far western China on Friday night, United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
The earthquake, which has been recorded at between 6.5 and 6.9 magnitude, hit Aketao County in the quake-prone Xinjiang Uygur some 172 kilometres west of the Chinese city of Kashgar, state media reported.
The epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of six miles, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), and struck at around 10pm yesterday local time.
On 24 November, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of Central America shook the region, just as a hurricane barrelled into the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica. No damage was reported.
The earthquake occurred around 120 km off the coast of El Salvador at a depth of 33 km, according to the US Geological Survey.