Magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck China

According to the Xinhua News Agency, 617 people have been confirmed dead, 313 missing, and 9,110 injured of which 970 are severely injured. The epicenter was located in Rima village  a sparsely populated area on the Tibetan plateau that is regularly hit by earthquakes.

The earthquake occurred as a result of strike-slip faulting in the tectonically complex region of the eastern Tibetan Plateau. This earthquake occurred several hundred kilometers north of the convergent India:Eurasia plate boundary, where the Indian Plate is moving northwards with respect to Eurasia at a rate of approximately 46 mm/yr.

This convergence drives the uplift of the Himalaya Mountains, at a rate of approximately 10 mm/yr, and the Tibetan Plateau, which is an extremely broad region of thickened and uplifted crust sitting above 4.5–5 km.

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