Earthquake of magnitude of 5.3 jolts China, no causalities reported

Beijing: A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale on Thursday struck China's northwest Xinjiang region and Tibet provinces.

The quake hit Amdo County in Tibet Autonomous Region at a depth of 10 kilometers at around 4:34 am (local time), China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC) said.

The same earthquake with an epicenter in Luntai County struck the Bayingol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang at 5:18 am (local time), it said.

Representational Image.  Reuters

Representational Image. Reuters

The quake was strongly felt in the county, but no casualties have been reported so far, according to the county government, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The Qinghai-Tibet railway was not affected. Amdo, situated in the north of Tibet and 4,500 meters
above sea level, lies on an earthquake-prone belt.

It is 330 kilometers away from Lhasa, the regional capital.

No casualties have been reported yet, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Xinjiang Earthquake Administration has sent a team of seven people to Luntai County.

Authorities in Luntai would continue gathering information about casualties and property loss, a local official said.


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Updated Date: Jan 14, 2016 12:25:26 IST

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