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5.2-magnitude quake hits Xinjiang


08:03, March 12, 2013

Policemen examine situation in the quake-hit Atux City in Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 11, 2013. A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Atux City at 11:01 a.m. Monday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). There are no immediate reports of casualties. (Xinhua/Liu Zhangguo)

URUMQI, March 11 (Xinhua) -- No casualties had been reported by 10 p.m. after a 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Monday morning.

The quake hit Atux City in Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture at 11:01 a.m.. Six unoccupied houses were toppled and cracks appeared in the walls of 452 houses in Karajol Township, the epicenter.

Local authorities have sent teams to the affected areas to check for casualties and to inspect dangerous buildings damaged during the quake.

Relief materials including 100 tents, eight tonnes of flour, 300 cotton quilts and coats, and 20 tonnes of coal were dispatched to Karajol by the city's civil affairs department.

Atux lies in the southwest of Xinjiang, about 1,500 km from the regional capital Urumqi.

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