Strong quake hits northwestern Chinese province, no casualties

November 10th, 2008 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, Nov 10 (ANI): An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit the Qinghai Province, in northwest China, at 9:22 today, though no casualties was reported.

According to news agency Xinhua, the epicenter was in the Mongolian-Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Haixi, about 716 km from provincial capital Xining.

Exactly an hour after the quake, the Qinghai provincial seismic network monitored an aftershock measuring 3.9 hit the same area, the news agency quoted the National Seismic Network as saying.

The earthquake toppled several ramshackle huts in Da Qaidam district near the epicenter, and some other mud houses had cracks on their walls, said Gu Xiaodong, a deputy official of the administrative committee of the District.

The local government has sent three teams of 180 officials to investigate the losses in the quake-hit villages. “No casualties have been reported as yet,” said Gu.

Local schools have closed for safety considerations and classes will be suspended for at least one day, he said. (ANI)

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