Tuesday, November 30, 2010

5.5-magnitude quake hits Tibet

Posted: 30 November 2010 1812 hrs

BEIJING : An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck China's remote Tibetan region on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake struck in central Tibet at 16:39 pm (0839 GMT) at a depth of 17 kilometres (10 miles) and was centred 81 kilometres west of the regional capital Lhasa, the USGS said.

The Bureau of Civil Affairs - which handles natural disaster response - in Dangxiong county near the quake's epicentre said there were no reports of damage or casualties from the eight towns in the county.

The quake was felt only lightly in Lhasa, said a woman who answered the phone at the Tibet seismology bureau in the capital.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the predominantly Tibetan region of Yushu in neighbouring Qinghai province to the north on April 14, flattening thousands of homes and leaving nearly 2,700 people dead and some 270 missing.

- AFP/ms

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