A moderate (M5.0-5.9 termed as
earthquake struck south-central
parts of the Tibetan plateau on
20 May 2009
AM local time. It had a magnitude of
and damage in parts of the region.
The earthquake was centred
22 kms SE of Kaimar (Xizang), China,
27 kms S of Gyungcang (Xizang), China,
34.4 kms ESE of Cêri (Xizang), China,
47 kms NNE of Nyixung (Xizang), China,
64.6 kms E of Maidong (Xizang), China,
92.1 kms S of Gase (Xizang), China,
218 kms N of Luelueng (Xizang), China,
531 kms WNW of Lhasa (Xizang), China.
This earthquake was
felt strongly in parts of Coqên and Nyima counties in Xizang,
China. Telecommunications were disrupted at Cêri in Coqên county.
Elsewhere in Coqen county, mud-brick buildings developed cracks at
Coqen while at Gyungcang, tremors were strongly felt resulting in
the collapse of "six houses and sheep pens and yard walls of nine
homes of local herdsmen" in addition to cracks in other buildings.
This is the strongest earthquake on the Tibetan plateau since a
Mw=6.4 earthquake in Damxung County
near Lhasa on 6 October 2008 caused significant damage and at
least ten deaths.
Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
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