Many traditional houses in the mainly ethnic Uighur region collapsed when the shallow quake struck about 160 km (100 miles) northwest of the southern city of Hotan in the early morning, according to Chinese emergency officials.
"Currently, the earthquake has resulted in three deaths, including a father and son, and more than 20 injuries," China National Emergency Broadcasting (CNEB) said on it's website.
The quake was initially reported at various magnitudes up to 6.5. Several aftershocks were reported, the strongest measuring magnitude 4.8, according to the US Geological Survey.
Residents of the region expressed shock at the intensity of the quake on social media, although authorities said they were optimistic the death toll would not be high.
Ash () 28 mins ago
It's the region with highest density of Muslims in China.
rott (Australia) 4 hrs ago
Some people wishing for people to die? Pathetic animals.
so many earthquakes in tat region of late
Analysis (hearts) replies to Internet
why china doest demolishes like nepal....
Oh...This is because they commented on our Indian ocean earlier..
Peace On Earth (Chennai)
Hope Everybody is safe !
Yuvarajan M (CBE)
ook now they will focus on their people..
kapil (Maharashtra) replies to Yuvarajan M
These Chinese only focus at their citizens just for the sake of getting more medals at Olympics...that's it...