6.8-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Tibet

August 27, 2008 Updated: July 4, 2012

The China Earthquake Network Center (CENC) reported that a 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook Zhongba County, Xigaze Prefecture in the western region of Tibet on August 25 at 9:22 p.m.

CENC reported that the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6.2  miles) in a sparsely populated area with an elevation of 5,500 meters (18,000 feet).

Seismological Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region reported that the quake was felt in Zhongba, Cuoqin, and Gaize County, with the strongest felt in Cuoqin.

According to sources, so far no significant damage has been reported in the three counties.

China’s state run media said cracks had appeared in some local buildings, but no casualties were reported so far, quoting Zhongba County Party Chief Zhu Jiang.

In addition, four aftershocks, at 5.6, 4.9, 4.4, 4.2 magnitudes, had occurred in Zhongba County as of 10:59 p.m. August 25.
The U.S. Geological Survey registered the earthquake at 6.3 magnitude.

Xigaze County was hit by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake in April 2005 and another 6.7- magnitude earthquake in 2004.

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