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Moderate quake hits China's Xinjiang province

Beijing:  A 5.5 magnitude earthquake jolted China's Xinjiang province on Friday, according to the local seismological bureau.

The quake hit Luntai country in northern Xinjiang.

The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 20 km, according to the seismological bureau of Bayingolin Mongol autonomous prefecture.

Residents in the country and some nearby areas also felt a strong tremor.

People in Xinjiang's capital city Urumqi said they could also feel the quake.

The government said the epicenter is in the mountainous area with an altitude of about 2,500 meters.

There were no reports of casualties, Xinhua news agency reported.

Luntai is located south of Tianshan Mountains and the northern edge of Tarim Basin, and it is more than 600 kilometers from Urumqi.
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