A 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook the central Chinese province of Qinghai

Hours earlier, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in the south of the country left at least two dead

BEIJING, May 21. (XINHUA / EP) –

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale struck Qinghai Province in central China on Friday with no confirmed deaths.

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook the central Chinese province of Qinghai
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook the central Chinese province of Qinghai

The earthquake hit the Maduo district in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Golog at 2:44 a.m. local time on Saturday. It is a remote mountain area and far from major population centers so it is not expected to have done much damage.

Hours earlier, another series of earthquakes, though less intense, struck some areas of southern China, such as Dali Autonomous Prefecture in southern Yunnan Province, killing at least two people and injuring about twenty people.

According to the China Earthquake Center, four earthquakes greater than 5.0 on the Richter scale shook Yangbi County in Dali this Friday between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. local time and affected more than 72,300 residents and around 21,000 households.

At the moment it has been ruled out that both seismic episodes are related.

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