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M6.7 Zhongba County Earthquake, 2008


25 August 2008


N of Ribxi, Xizang, China


13:22:01 UTC


30.791 N (NEIC)


83.651 E (NEIC)


11 kms (NEIC)


Mw 6.7 (HRV), 6.6 (NEIC)

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A strong earthquake (M6.0-6.9 termed as "strong") occurred in Zhongba County in Xizang (Tibet), China, on 25 August 2008 at 21:22 PM local time in China's Xizang Province. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.7 and was felt in north India as well as Nepal.

The earthquake on was centr
ed 9.1 kms N of Ribxi (Xizang), China,
32.6 kms W of Lunggar (Xizang), C
56.5 kms SSE of Ringtor (Xizang), China,
74.9 kms NW of Sengli Co (Xizang), China,
174 kms NNE of Mugu, Nepal,
222 kms E of Mount Kailash (Xizang), China,
308 kms N of Pokhara, Nepal,
398 kms NNW of Kathmandu, Nepal,
542 kms ENE of Dehradun (Uttarakhand), India,
671 kms ENE of Connaught Place (Delhi), India.


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Some minor damage has been reported from this earthquake in Zhongba County, Xizang but there are no reports of casualties. A hydro-electric plant was damaged and a flood control levee was displaced by 5-metres. 42 residental buildings developed cracks while 54 rooms in primary or middle schools were damaged. At least 2,000 people were evacuated from their homes. The earthquake was also felt in Coqen and Gerze counties in Xizang.

Given its location, this earthquake was unusually felt in parts of northern India as well as Nepal as other earthquakes of this magnitude range in the southern Tibetan plateau have not been felt in the sub-continent. In Nepal, tremors were felt in the capital Kathmandu as well as in Nepalganj where people fled outdoors in panic. Tremors were also felt in western and central parts of Nepal. In India, tremors were felt for over a minute in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, in particular by the occupants of high-rise buildings. Elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, strong tremors were felt in the Terai region where, it was sufficiently strong enough to open doors & windows as well as displace kitchen utensils. The earthquake was also felt in the Delhi metropolitan area including at Gurgaon in Haryana and Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This earthquake is also believed to have been felt in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. No damage has been reported from Nepal or India as a result of this earthquake.

01) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
02) Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
03) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel

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