5.8 earthquake shakes the Tibet region

5.8 earthquake shakes the Tibet region

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Xaitongmoin County in southwest China's Tibet region, with no reports of material damage or casualties, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The earthquake occurred at 03:32 local time (19:32 GMT) in Xaitongmoin county of the Tibetan prefecture of Xigaze.

The epicenter of the earthquake, according to China Seismological Network Center, stood at 30.32 degrees north latitude and 87.64 degrees east longitude, 8 kilometers deep.

Tibet and other areas of western China are frequent scene of earthquakes, due to the proximity of the friction point of the Asian tectonic plate with India, but due to the low density of population in the area, in many occasions the earthquakes occur in practically uninhabited areas.


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