26 Jun '11, 9am

Remote Chinese region hit by 5.3 quake

A 5.3-MAGNITUDE earthquake struck China's Tibetan-inhabited region of Qinghai on Sunday afternoon, the US Geological Survey reported, in an area hit by a devastating quake last year. -- PHOTO: ST FILE BEIJING - A 5.3-MAGNITUDE earthquake struck China's Tibetan-inhabited region of Qinghai on Sunday afternoon, the US Geological Survey reported, in an area hit by a devastating quake last year. The epicentre of the quake was in Yushu prefecture and struck at a depth of 24.8km, the USGS said. Yushu was the site of a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in April 2010 that left nearly 2,700 people dead and more than 12,000 injured, according to state news reports. The region, situated on the remote Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, is largely inhabited by ethnic Tibetans. China Central Television said the earthquake was felt strongly in the region, but did not immediately report damages or fatalities...

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