6.3-magnitude quake hits northern Mongolia

2021-05-03 10:36:53 GMT2021-05-03 18:36:53(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ULAN BATOR, May 3 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 hit Khuvsgul province in northern Mongolia on Monday afternoon, according to the country's Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics.

The institute initially released a report that the quake had a magnitude of 6.2, but updated it to 6.3 several minutes later.

The quake occurred about 32 km southwest of Khankh, a district of the province, at around 4:46 p.m. local time (0846 GMT), the institute said in a statement.

The strong quake was felt in many regions of the country, including the capital city Ulan Bator and the provinces of Khuvsgul, Orkhon, Darkgan-Uul, Bulgan and Arkgangai, but no damage has been reported.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 jolted 27 km southwest of Turt, Mongolia at 0846 GMT on Monday.

The epicenter, with a depth of 17.73 km, was initially determined to be at 51.307 degrees north latitude and 100.4228 degrees east longitude, according to the USGS.

Several earthquakes above a magnitude of 5 have struck the country this year, including a 6.5-magnitude quake that hit Khankh in January. Enditem