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Magnitude 7.2 XINJIANG-XIZANG BORDER REGION

Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 22:33:01 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 230 km (140 miles) SE of Hotan, Xinjiang or 3105 km (1930 miles) W of Beijing, China at 3:33 PM MST, Mar 20, 2008 (Mar 21 at 6:33 AM local time in China). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

Felt strongly and displaced 46,594 people. Up to 2,200 houses were damaged or flattened in Yutian, Qira and Lop. Four houses collapsed at Pulu.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


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