There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The
USGS had previously put the magnitude at 6.9, but later
China's government put the epicentre in Yutian county in the far
south of Xinjiang, which is mostly desert and mountain but also
has a small farming belt.
The Xinjiang earthquake administration said on its official
microblog that the nearest settlement to the epicentre was some
50 km (30 miles) away and that the Yutian government had yet to
receive any reports of damage.
The Xinjiang government said on its microblog that it planned to
send a 20-person rescue team to the area, in which it said
virtually nobody lived.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; editing by Robert Birsel)
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