Wednesday, January 16, 2008

6.0 magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet

(Xinhua)Updated: 2008-01-16 22:03
An earthquake measuring 6.0 degrees on the Richter Scale hit a county in southwest Tibet Autonomous Region at 19:54 Beijing Time Wednesday, according to the China Seismological Monitoring Network.
The epicenter was located at 32.5 degrees north latitude and 85.2 degrees east longitude, about 100 km east of the county seat of Gerze in Ngari Prefecture in the west of Tibet.
No casualties were so far reported. The quake-hit area is a sparsely-populated plateau region with an elevation of more than 4,000 meters.
An earthquake measuring 6.9 degrees hit the same region on January 9. It was the strongest quake that hit the region in the past decade, according to the Tibet Autonomous Regional Seismological Bureau. The quake did not cause loss of life or property.