China jolted by two quakes

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:13

Beijing: Two different quakes jolted parts of
China early this morning, prompting people to rush out of their houses, though no casualties were reported.

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale shook the
border area of Sichuan and Gansu provinces in western China at
5:58 a m (local time) today, according to the China Earthquake
Networks Centre.

The epicentre, with a depth of 20 km, was monitored at about 32.6 degrees north latitude and 105.3 degrees east longitude, the centre said in a statement.
The epicentre was located at the border area of Qingchuan
County in the city of Guangyuan in Sichuan and Wenxian County
in the city of Longnan in Gansu.

"People ran out of their houses when the quake struck, but
there have been no housing collapses in urban Wenxian County,"
said Zhang Huaibi, deputy chief of the county`s publicity
department.

All villages in Wenxian County with communication services
have reported no casualties, said Liu Huiping, head of
Zhongmiao Township in Wenxian.

A little more than two hours later, another earthquake
measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted Kazak Autonomous
Prefecture of Ili, northwest China`s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The epicentre, with a depth of 10 km, was monitored at
about 43.6 degrees north latitude and 82.4 degrees east
longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center,
Xinhua news agency reported.

No reports casualties were reported in both the cases.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:13

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