The Extinction Protocol

February 13, 2014CHINAThe tremor was only 12.5 kilometers (eight miles) deep but hit about 270 kilometers east-southeast of Hotan, the USGS said, in an extremely remote area. China’s Earthquake Networks Centre gave the magnitude of the afternoon quake as 7.3. Another tremor of magnitude 5.7 struck five minutes later, five kilometers deep, followed by a series of aftershocks of up to 4.2 magnitude, it said. “We were at the office at the time and felt strong shaking, the windows were rattling,” a reporter in Keriya county near the epicenter told state broadcaster CCTV, adding that few people lived in the mountainous area. The civil affairs ministry said there had been no reports of casualties but it was likely that some houses had been damaged, the Xinhua news agency said. CCTV reported that Hotan was not seriously affected, while several people in the city told AFP they…

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