Shallow quake hits Tibet, state media say casualties likely

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Beijing – A shallow earthquake has struck the mountainous region of Tibet and Chinese state media say casualties are likely.

The US Geological Survey says a 5.5 magnitude quake struck at 09:15 (01:15 GMT) on Wednesday 70km northwest of Gyamotang village at a depth of just 10km. The epicentre was near Tibet's border with Qinghai province.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted the regional seismological bureau as saying that the epicentre was in Kata Town, the site of two major Buddhist temples. The town's chief administrator, identified by the single name of Samba, told Xinhua he had seen two injured people.

Xinhua says rescuers have been sent to the area.

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