CHINA No glacier collapse after 7.4-magnitude quake in China's Qinghai

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No glacier collapse after 7.4-magnitude quake in China's Qinghai

Xinhua

07:13, May 31, 2021

Children are seen at a temporary shelter in Maduo County of Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Qinghai Province, May 22, 2021. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Maduo County of Golog at 2:04 a.m. Saturday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. A total of 186 children from a boarding school in Huanghe Township who were affected by the earthquake have been accommodated at a temporary shelter. (Photo: Xinhua)

XINING, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck northwest China's Qinghai Province just over a week ago did not cause any glacier collapse on the region's Mount Anyemaqen, according to the provincial bureau of environmental geological exploration.

Deng Xiaofei, a senior engineer with the bureau, said that the bureau dispatched researchers to check glaciers and ice lakes on the mountain after the earthquake on May 22.

"The team has inspected 38 slide-prone glacier points. No ice slides occurred, and no secondary disasters such as dammed lakes were formed," said Deng.

Glaciers on Mount Anyemaqen are of great significance for monitoring climate change and the ecological environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Glacier collapse occurred on the mountain in 2004 and 2007.

This month's earthquake, which jolted Maduo County in the Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, left 18 injured and disrupted the lives of over 32,000 residents from 26 townships in Golog and the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

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