7.3-magnitude quake hits northwestern China's Qinghai province: USGS
BEIJING (AFP) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 jolted China’s northwestern Qinghai province early on Saturday (May 22), the US Geological Survey said – following another tremor in the country’s south-west that left at least two dead.
The epicentre of the quake in Qinghai, which struck at 2.04am at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres, was located about 400km south-west 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.
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