Early on Thursday, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck a sparsely populated, inaccessible area of Tajikistan close to China’s far western Xinjiang region.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was 20 kilometers (12 miles) underground and located 67 kilometers (41 miles) west of Murghob, Tajikistan.
The district capital, Mughrob, is located in the Pamir Mountains and has a population of a few thousand.
According to local information officers cited by state broadcaster CCTV, the tremor was felt strongly in several sections of Kashgar prefecture and Kizilsu Kyrgyz autonomous prefecture in Xinjiang across the border, although no injuries or damage have yet been reported.
The earthquake was 7.2 magnitude and 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Measurements made by several organizations frequently vary.