Quake again rattles NW China

Last Updated: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 20:42

Beijing: A moderate 5.8-magnitude earthquake
struck northwest China on Monday, just three days after a strong
tremor rattled the same area and caused the collapse of a coal
mine, seismologists said.

The epicentre of the latest quake, which struck at 0615
pm (1015 GMT), was located 170 kilometres northeast of the
city of Golmud in Qinghai province, the US Geological Survey
(USGS) reported.

The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 10
kilometres.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

On Friday, a 6.2-magnitude quake hit the same region,
followed by nearly 350 aftershocks.

A coal mine near the epicentre and about 30 nearby houses
collapsed during Friday`s quake but no one was injured,
China`s state Xinhua news agency said.

The earthquake zone, which is home to ethnic Mongolians
and Tibetan farmers and herdsmen, is dotted with coal, tin,
lead and copper mines.

In November, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the same
area with no fatalities reported.

China`s Qinghai province and neighbouring Tibet are prone
to earthquakes.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 20:42
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