Latest Nepal quake hits Tibet

2015-05-12 15:56:44 GMT2015-05-12 23:56:44(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

GYIRONG, Tibet, May 12 (Xinhua) -- One woman was killed and two others were injured in Tibet after China's neighbor Nepal was jolted by another earthquake on Tuesday afternoon.

All three were in a car that was hit by falling rocks in Gyirong township, Tibet, when the 7.5-magnitude quake struck at 3:05 p.m.

The deceased has been identified as Chodron.

According to Karma Tenzin, a border inspection officer, Chodron was local to the area. The two injured are undergoing medical treatment.

In three counties bordering Nepal, the earthquake shut down eight telecommunication stations, said Qingqi, chief of Tibetan Communications Administration.

The telecommunication in Rongshar Town of Dingri County has been cut off.

Telecommunication companies have sent emergency response teams to quake-hit areas in Tibet.

Xinhua reporters in Gyirong saw landslides on both sides of the border, accompanied by loud noises.

Wu Aijun, a police officer in Zham township, Nyalam County, saw boulders rolling off the hills.

"Roads were cut off by debris from landslides," he told Xinhua via telephone.

He said he could see across the border and a village in Nepal was also battered by landslides.

China evacuated thousands of residents from Zham after the April 25 quake. Police stayed behind to guard the county.

"All the police have now been evacuated. No casualties were reported," said Phurjung from the Zham Police headquarters.

In Nyalam, power was cut off and three houses collapsed.

The devastating 8.1-magnitude quake on April 25 had claimed more than 8,000 lives in Nepal as of Sunday, and left 26 dead in Tibet, southwest China.

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