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Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Strong 6.9 magnitude quake hits Tibet

Strong 6.9 magnitude quake hits Tibet

A strong natural disaster hit Tibet (also known as the Xizang Autonomous Region or Xizang) in southern China early today morning. The epicentre of the quake was detected at a depth of 10 km in Nyingchi, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

It was not immediately known if the quake had caused any damage or casualties but the Xizang area of China is sparsely populated. A 6.9-magnitude quake hit Nyingchi Saturday morning.

The tremors caused a power failure and damaged buildings in the prefecture. The epicentre of the quake, which struck minutes after 4 am, was located close to the India-China border and was more than 150 kilometers away from the nearest Indian city.

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

The tremors triggered falling rocks, blocking a highway linking Nyingchi's city proper with Tangmai, one of the quake-hit townships.

The Tibet subsidiaries of Chinese telecom providers China Mobile and China Tower said that their networks are operating normally.

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