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Moderate quake jolts Tibet; no reports of deaths

world Updated: Nov 08, 2009 21:05 IST
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A moderate quake measuring 5.6 on the Ritcher scale on Sunday hit China's Tibet Autonomous Region, but there have been no reports about loss of life or property.

There have been no reports of casualties and building collapses after a moderate earthquake hit Xigaze Prefecture of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region early on Sunday morning, local government sources said.

The quake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale struck an area bordering the Ngamring and Saga counties at 4:08 am., according to the National Seismological Network.

The epicentre was detected as 29.4 degrees north latitude and 86.1 degrees east longitude, with a depth of about 33 km.

Puqiong, director of the general office of the Ngamring county government, told the official Xinhua news agency by phone that the government hasn't received any reports of casualties or building collapses.

But he said cracks have been found in some houses in Qera town where the quake was strongly felt. He said the county government has sent working groups to the quake-hit areas.