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Earthquake shakes Xinjiang region

SHANGHAI: A shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook China's Xinjiang region yesterday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, with pictures on social media showing food knocked from store shelves and students evacuated from schools.

The quake was 13km deep, USGS said, with the epicentre about 100km west of the regional capital Urumqi, state broadcaster CCTV said.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre gave the magnitude as 6.2, saying a series of aftershocks followed, with the strongest measuring 3.9.

There were no reports of casualties or major damage. The official Xinhua news agency said Urumqi railway authorities had suspended services on some lines for safety checks. AFP

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