Thursday, March 20, 2008

Strong earthquake, aftershocks hit near Tibetan border

The Earth Times
Washington - A magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook the area near the border between China's Xinjiang province and the Tibet Autonomous Region early Friday and was followed by three aftershocks, the US Geological Survey in Washington said. Initial Chinese news reports included no reports of casualties or damage in the sparsely populated area.
The quake at 6:33 am (2233 GMT Thursday) was located about 230 kilometres south-east of the Xinjiang city of Hotan at a depth of 23 kilometres, the US earthquake-monitoring agency said.
A magnitude-5.3 aftershock followed 17 minutes later, a magnitude-5.5 aftershock 22 minutes after that and a magnitude-5.2 a little more than an hour later, it said.