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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Two Earthquakes Jolt Tibet

2010-03-24 22:10:00
Lhasa, March 24 (IANS)

Two earthquakes measuring 5.7 and 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted the Tibetan Autonomous Region in southwest China Wednesday, the Earthquake Networks Centre said.

The first quake, magnitude-5.7, occurred around 10.06 a.m., while the second temblor, magnitude-5.5 occurred about 30 minutes later, both in northern Tibet's Nyainrong county, Xinhua reported.

The epicentre of the first quake was 32.4 degrees north latitude and 93.0 degrees east longitude at a depth of about eight kilometres.

The epicentre of the second quake was 32.5 degrees north latitude and 92.8 degrees east longitude at a depth of about seven kilometres.

The quakes hit a sparsely inhabited mountainous area, said Zhu Quan, director with the seismological bureau of Tibet. There was no report of casualties or damage after the quakes.

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