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Strong earthquake jolts Tibet

August 27, 2008

Press Trust of India
August 25, 2008,

Beijing -- A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale
today shook the mountainous Zhongba County in Xigaze prefecture,
close to India in southern Tibet and there are no immediate report of
casualties.

The quake hit the region at 9:22 p.m. (6:52 p.m. IST), according to a
National Earthquake Network press release.

The epicentre was about 10 km underground at 31.0 degrees north
latitude and 83.6 degrees east longitude, Xinhua news agency reported.

The area, at an average altitude of 5,500 metres, is sparsely populated.

No casualties have been reported so far, it said.

Earlier, the death toll in the strong earthquake that jolted
southwest China's Yunnan Province last week has risen to five, the
local government said on Monday.
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