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6.1-magnitude earthquake jolts northern Tibet; no casualty, damage reports yet

(TibetanReview.net, Mar19’21) – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake had jolted Nagqu (Tibetan: Nagchu) City in northern Tibet Autonomous Region, at 2:11 pm Mar 19 (Beijing Time), with no report yet on casualties and damage to houses, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Mar 19, China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

The epicenter was reported to have been monitored at 31.94 degrees north latitude and 92.74 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 10 km.

The report cited Benpa Tsering, county chief of Biru (Driru), Nagqu, as saying on phone that the earthquake was strongly felt in the county seat.

The epicenter was located in Xagqu (Shagchu) Town, where the local authority was stated to be investigating casualties and damage to houses.

“Communication channels are currently operating as normal, while an emergency response has been launched. A team of rescuers from the local fire and public security department are on their way to the epicenter,” Benpa Tsering was quoted as saying.

The county, located in the east of Nagqu, has an average altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level and a population of more than 80,000.

Residents in Tibet’s capital Lhasa were reported to have also felt the quake, with hanging lamps noticeably swinging to and fro.

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