A severe earthquake struck northern China near the Kyrgyzstan border on Tuesday, resulting in the tragic loss of three lives and leaving five others injured.
The seismic event occurred shortly after 2:00 a.m. local time, with its epicenter at a depth of 13 kilometers in China’s Xinjiang region, approximately 140 kilometers west of the city of Aksu, according to state media reports.
Initially, Beijing’s Xinhua news agency reported six individuals in Akqi County as injured, with two in serious condition. However, subsequent reports from the agency confirmed the devastating news of three fatalities and five injuries.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, Akqi County witnessed the collapse of 47 buildings, while an additional 78 structures sustained various degrees of damage, as reported by the local government through its social media channels.