CHINA Quake-hit areas not likely to see over 7-magnitude earthquake again: experts

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Quake-hit areas not likely to see over 7-magnitude earthquake again: experts

Xinhua

15:32, May 22, 2021

Rescuers carry relief supplies in Yangbi Yi Autonomous County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, May 22, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, May 22 (Xinhua) -- The quake-hit areas in the Chinese provinces of Qinghai and Yunnan are not likely to see earthquakes of above 7-magnitude in the coming days, experts from the China Earthquake Networks Center said.

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Maduo County of Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of northwest China's Qinghai Province at 2:04 a.m. Saturday Beijing Time, followed by aftershocks of magnitude of up to 5.1 in the area.

No casualties in the region have been reported so far.

Based on comprehensive analysis of regional tectonic characteristics, historical earthquake activities, sequence characteristics and geophysical observation, the experts said that the possibility for an earthquake of above 7-magnitude is very low in the near future in the region.

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Yangbi Yi Autonomous County in Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province at 9:48 p.m. on Friday, killing at least 3 people as of 6 a.m. Saturday.

The region is also not likely to see earthquakes of above 7-magnitude in the coming days, but aftershocks of 5 to 6 magnitude are possible, said experts with the center.

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