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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake shakes Tibet

Published: November 18, 2017 10:35:59 | Updated: November 18, 2017 19:29:28


The earthquake shook a sparsely-populated area of Tibet (Reuters file photo used for representation) The earthquake shook a sparsely-populated area of Tibet (Reuters file photo used for representation)

A strong 6.9- magnitude earthquake shook Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region at 6:34 am Saturday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

No casualty was immediately reported.

However, the quake caused power failure and building damages in a number of villages in the epicenter in Nyingchi City.

The epicenter was monitored at 29.75 degrees north latitude and 95.02 degrees east longitude, reports Xinhua news agency.

The quake struck at a depth of about 10 km. Several minor aftershocks were felt.

Basang Cering, Party chief in Zhaxigang Village of Lunang Township, told Xinhua that he could not stand still in his house when the quake struck. Six houses in his village had damages from the jolt.

Sources with the regional power grid said the power grids of both Tibet and Nyingchi are operating normally, though it had launched an emergency response mechanism.

The regional earth bureau has sent emergency response staff to investigate the disaster situation.

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