Tibet Earthquake Kills at Least 30

A strong earthquake shook Demxung County, near Lhasa, Tibet, on Monday killing more than 30 people.

The magnitude 6.6 quake lasted for around a minute and an aftershock occurred 15 minutes later.

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake killed at least 30 people in Tibet on Monday with a number of people buried in debris, Xinhua news agency said.

The victims were found near the epicentre in Gedar township of Damxung County, around 80 km (50 miles) west of the regional capital Lhasa, Xinhua reported.

“More people were still buried in debris and many houses collapsed,” Xinhua quoted a local government official as saying.

The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website the quake struck at around 4:30 p.m. (0830 GMT).

Traffic and telecommunications were cut off in Gedar, while soldiers and medical staff were rushing to the site, it said.

Deaths and injuries were also reported in a neighbouring county, but the exact number was unclear. The Qinghai-Tibet railway and Lhasa airport were reporting normal services.

Residents in Lhasa felt the quake, but there was no visible damage. Closer to the epicentre, near Ningzhong Town in the county of Qushui, buildings trembled and windows rattled.

It came a day after a quake in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan killed 70 and flattened a village, and the same day as another strong quake in Afghanistan.

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