Two earthquakes strike Chinese province

Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

BEIJING, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Two earthquakes, with magnitudes of 5.1 and 4.2, struck China's Qinghai province Tuesday, officials said.

The China Earthquake Networks Center said the 5.1-magnitude quake jolted the west part of northwestern province in the Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported.

Li Yuejin, deputy director of the Qinghai Provincial Seismological Bureau, said the earthquake occurred in a sparsely populated region of the province.

No deaths were reported, Xinhua said.

The 4.2-magnitude quake was reported in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the southern part of the province, the earthquake center said.

Xinhua said a casualty report was not immediately available.

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