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6.9-magnitude quake in Qinghai prompts emergency response

People wait outside residential buildings as an earthquake hit Xining, Northwest China's Qinghai province, Jan 8, 2022. (XINHUA)

XINING – An emergency disaster relief response has been initiated after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Menyuan county in Northwest China's Qinghai province at 1:45 am Saturday.

The epicenter was monitored at 37.77 degrees north latitude and 101.26 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 10 km, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

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The epicenter was located at an area about 3,659 meters above sea level and with a sparse population. No casualties have been reported so far.

People wait outside the buildings as an earthquake hit Xining, Northwest China's Qinghai province, Jan 8, 2022. (XINHUA)

The Ministry of Emergency Management and China Earthquake Administration have dispatched a work team to Qinghai to support local people to check out the disaster situation, settle affected residents and forecast the trend of the disaster, according to the MEM Saturday.

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