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6.4 magnitude earthquake hits northwest China: USGS

world Updated: Oct 17, 2016 14:58 IST
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A file photo of a house damaged during an earthquake in China. (AFP Photo)

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck China’s northwestern province of Qinghai on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported, adding there was a “low likelihood of casualties and damage.”

The quake was 32 kilometres (20 miles) deep, USGS said, with its epicentre in a sparsely-populated area of Yushu prefecture.

Yushu was the scene 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.

In 2011 it was struck by a 5.3-magnitude quake.

The region, frequently plagued with seismic activity, is situated on the remote Qinghai-Tibetan plateau and is largely inhabited by ethnic Tibetans.

The China Earthquake Network Centre gave the latest tremor a magnitude of 6.2 and a depth of nine kilometres, with its epicentre in Zadoi count.