A state-run news agency said three people had been killed in the quake. Following this, the local administration has issued a level-II emergency response to the quake.

The quake rocked Pishan County at 9:07 am with its epicentre monitored at a depth of 10 kms, the CENC said.

Li Hua, a worker at a state-owned farm in Pishan, told media that he felt the strong quake at his home on the fourth floor and it lasted about a minute. "I'm feeling dizzy," he said.

Shortly after the quake, several minor quakes measuring between 3.0 and 4.6 magnitude rocked the area, according to the CENC.

Located in the southernmost part of Xinjiang, Pishan is about 1,800 kilometres away from the regional capital of Urumqi and covers 39,700 square kilometres. With a population of 258,000, the county is mainly inhabited by Uygur Muslims and other ethnic minorities.

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