5.1-magnitude quake hits NW China’s Qinghai

A 5.1-magnitude quake jolted the west part of northwest China’s Qinghai Province on Tuesday morning, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was monitored at 38.5 degrees north latitude and 92.4 degrees east longitude in Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture at 3:13 a.m., the center said.

Li Yuejin, deputy director of the Qinghai Provincial Seismological Bureau, told Xinhua that the quake took place in a scarcely populated region, 85 km away from the nearest township. No casualties have been reported.

Another minor tremor measured at 4.2 magnitude also struck Qinghai on Tuesday morning.

The epicenter, again with a depth of 10 km, was monitored at 32.9 degrees north latitude and 94.8 degrees east longitude, in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the south of the province at 10:55 a.m., according to the center.

No casualty report has been available.

Xinhua