URUMQI, March 11 (Xinhua) -- A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Atux city in Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at 11:01 a.m. Monday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).
The epicenter, with a depth of about 8 km, was monitored at 40.2 degrees north latitude and 77.5 degrees east longitude.
Wang Fei, vice mayor of Atux, said strong tremors were felt in the city, and that the authorities are rushing rescuers and officials to Karajol Township, which is the closest place to the epicenter.
There are no immediate reports of casualties from the township, Wang said.
Atux lies in the southwest of Xinjiang, about 1,500 kilometers from the regional capital Urumqi.
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