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U.S. Geological Survey says magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes western China

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BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Geological Survey says 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes western China’s #Sichuan Province. No casualties reported yet.

A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in western China near a famous national park on Tuesday evening, with no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.0 quake struck a region bordered by the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu at a depth of just 9 kilometres (5.5 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre measured the quake at magnitude 7.0 and said it struck at a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles).

The quake occurred at about 9:20 p.m. Beijing time near Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations, the Chinese agency said.

Pictures and footage shared by Sichuan Earthquake Bureau on its social media account shows a hotel in Jiuzhaigou had been severely damaged and a road covered with debris after the earthquake.

The area is located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in northern Sichuan province, home to many Tibetan and other ethnic minority villages.

The epicenter struck about 39 kilometres (24 miles) from the county of Jiuzhaigou, which has a population of around 80,000, in an area that’s 2,000 metres (6,562 feet) above sea level.

Rescue team was dispatched immediately by the ​​​​Sichuan Earthquake Bureau 

Rescue team was dispatched immediately by the ​​​​Sichuan Earthquake Bureau.

A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in Sichuan, Western China, today

A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in Sichuan, Western China, today

The earthquake did not strike a populous area, as the heat map released by  shows

The earthquake did not strike a populous area, as the heat map released by ​​​​Sichuan Earthquake Bureau shows.

It was 285 kilometres (177 miles) from Chengdu, the densely populated capital of Sichuan province, according to the Chinese center.

The Chinese center also said that the earthquake was followed by a tremor measuring 3.3 in magnitude at a depth of 9 kilometres about 20 minutes later.

Situated in south-west China on the edge of Tibetan Plateau, Sichuan Province is prone to earthquakes, and most of the quakes seem to take place in the Longmen Mountain fracture zone in Western part of Sichuan.

In May 2008, a Magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Wenchuan, Sichuan, killing nearly 70,000 people.

 

 

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Quake jolts Himachal

The epicentre of the quake was Chamba region, bordering Jammu and Kashmir.

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Shimla, June 23 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh was again jolted by a low intensity earthquake on Saturday, the third within a fortnight, an official said. There were, however, no reports of damage.

The earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale was recorded at 2.37 a.m., the meteorological office told IANS.

The epicentre of the quake was Chamba region, bordering Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, the epicentres of the quakes were Shimla and Chamba regions and occurred on June 17 and June 14, respectively.

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Tourists raise over $11,000 for Guatemala volcano victims

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Guatemala City, June 16: Tourists from a Japanese cruise ship that docked in Guatemala this week have raised more than $11,000 for those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the Central American country.

The ship, Asuka II, arrived in Puerto Quetzal on the country’s Pacific coast on June 11 and at the initiative of the crew and the passengers, the funds were raised, reports Efe news.

The passengers and crew made a gesture of “fraternity and solidarity” with the people of Guatemala in the face of the tragedy and natural disaster caused by the eruption of the volcano, the Japanese embassy here said in a statement on Friday.

The Fuego volcano suffered its biggest eruption in recent years on June 3, leaving 110 dead and almost 200 missing, in addition to causing significant material damage.

On Friday, the volcano produced seven explosions per hour and small pyroclastic flows.

Guatemala’s National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology said that the volcano, located some 50 km west of the capital, has been producing between five and seven moderate explosions per hour and has belched out ash clouds rising 4,700 metres into the air.

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Himachal Pradesh: Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 strikes Chamba

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New Delhi, June 14: An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Himachal Pradesh on Thursday. The quake was reported at Chamba region.

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