NewsQinghai Earthquake: 7.3-magnitude quake hits NW China: USGS

Qinghai Earthquake: 7.3-magnitude quake hits NW China: USGS

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Beijing, China: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 jolted China’s northwestern Qinghai province early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said — following another tremor in the country’s southwest that left at least two dead.

The epicentre of the quake in Qinghai, which struck at 2:04 am (1804 GMT Friday) at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), was located about 400 kilometres southwest of the city of Xining, US seismologists said.

The quake was initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4 but then slightly revised downwards by the USGS.

The sparsely populated province is spread across the Tibetan plateau.

In 2010, a 6.9-magnitude quake in Qinghai left 3,000 people dead or missing.

This is a breaking story. More to follow. 

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