According to the U.S. Geological Survey, August 12, 2012 in the remote areas in the west of Xinjiang province, on the border with Tibet, in shallow water, an earthquake measuring 6.3. Although Kataysky seismologists say that the event has been a force of 6.2 on a 30-kilometer underground. It is believed that the epicenter of the event is located at a depth of 5.6 kilometers in the distance of 280 kilometers from the city of Hotan.
Since it was difficult to assess the damage and the number of victims, rescue teams immediately went to the mountain region, where the earthquake occurred at 18:45 local time. However, an update on possible casualties and destruction have been reported yet.