September 25, 2008

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Jolts Tibet’s Xigaze

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

["1st Ld: Strong Quake Jolts Xigaze of Tibet"]

BEIJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) - A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit Zhongba County in Xigaze Prefecture at 9:47 am in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Thursday, the National Seismological Network said.

No casualties were reported.

It said the epicentre was 20 kilometres deep and was located at 30.8 degrees north latitude and 83.6 degrees east longitude.

Zhongba, a remote county near the China-Nepal border, is more than 4,700 meters above sea level and has a population of 18,000.

The county has suffered many aftershocks after a 6.8-magnitude quake on Aug. 25. On Sept. 10, two earthquakes just 14 minutes apart and measuring 5.1 and 5.2, respectively, on the Richter scale hit the county.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0308 25 Sep 08.

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