Dharamsala: A strong earthquake hit Kongpo region in Ningchi prefecture, a sparsely populated area in Tibet around at 6:30 (Beijing time) this morning.
According to an assessment of the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), the earthquake’s intensity was measured at magnitude 6.9 However, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a lower intensity of magnitude 6.4.
The first earthquake was followed by an aftershock, a 5-magnitude earthquake at 8:31 a.m (Beijing time) around the same place in the same region.
According to the USGS, the epicentre of the earthquake was located 185 kms away from Along, 200 kms away from Pasighat, 244 kms away from Tezu and 330 kms away from Itanagar, all cities in Arunachal Pradesh.
There has been no reports of major casualties so far apart from power failure and building damages in a number of villages in the epicentre in Nyingchi City.
CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay who is attending the Halifax Security Forum in Canada expressed concern over the reports of the earthquake. “As we await reports of casualties, I hope and pray that there will be no major loss of life. I wish Tibetans in the Kongo region in Nyingchi prefecture much strength and courage in coping with the aftermath of such natural calamity.”