An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck the Xinjiang province in north-western China at 10:24 pm local time on Friday. The epicentre of the earthquake is believed to be near the Akto county, which borders Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Tremors were also felt in these two countries. 
Akto happens to be the westernmost county in the whole of China. The area affected — in southern Xinjiang — is said to be not too densely populated, so an earthquake of this magnitude might not lead to heavy losses. Till now, no report of any casualty has come in. 
Although the exact magnitude of the earthquake is being reported differently by various sources — oscillating from 6.5 to 6.9 on the Richter scale — the People’s Daily has said the magnitude is 6.6. For example, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) puts the magnitude at 6.5. The EMSC also said the quake struck at a …