A strong earthquake Tuesday rocked China's westernmost Xinjiang province on the border with the Soviet Union, causing "severe damage" to at least one town, the official press reported.
The state-run People's Daily newspaper said the quake, measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, occurred at 10:59 a.m. Tuesday. It placed the epicenter at 39.5 degrees latitude and 74.5 degrees longitude near the Sino-Soviet border and west of the Chinese town of Wuqia. The temblor caused "severe damage" in the town of Maoertukayi, 50 miles west of Wuqia and close to the border with Soviet Central Asia. Details of casualties were not immediately available, the report said.