China issues emergency response to 5.9-magnitude quake in Tibet

2015-04-25 13:54:46 GMT2015-04-25 21:54:46(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction issued on Saturday evening a level-IV emergency response to the 5.9-magnitude quake in Tibet.

The quake struck Dingri County in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region at 5:17 p.m. Saturday following strong earthquakes in neighboring Nepal, the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said. At least five people were killed in the Tibet quake.

The epicenter of the quake in Tibet was monitored at 28.4 degrees north latitude and 87.3 degrees east longitude, and the focus of the quake was 20 kilometers deep, according to the center.

A massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal at 2:11 p.m., followed by a second 7.0-magnitude quake at 2:45 p.m..

Since the first 8.1-magnitude earthquake, minor quakes have been monitored in Tibet and southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, according to the CENC.

The MCA has dispatched a team to the quake zone in Tibet to examine the damages and help local people with their lives. The MCA will deliver relief materials according to demands on the ground.

Relief teams have already rushed to three hardest-hit counties, Nyalam, Saga and Gyirong to rescue and evacuate victims, according to the MCA.

The China Earthquake Administration has initiated a level-III emergency response.

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