China (Tibet) – M 5.0 and M 4.4 – 2 moderate but dangerous earthquakes rattle the Tibetan Himalaya

Earthquake Report comment :
2 moderate but dangerous earthquakes rattled the Tibetan Himalaya. Although the strength of the earthquakes was rather limited, the Himalayan hills in the epicenter area is steep and can be an easy target for major landslides. The satellite pictures of the second quake show many villages near the ridge. Luckily this earthquake was considerably lighter than the first one which struck
In most of the surrounding villages live only a couple of hundred people, but the houses are mostly made of piles of  stone kept together with mortar. These constructions are very vulnerable when the earth starts to shake.
As the Chinese media are focusing on the deadly landslides and the catastrophic rainfall, it is very unlikely that they will report on these small local earthquakes. No other reporting may be expected from this remote, but beautiful part of the world.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Monday, August 09, 2010 at 10:54:52 AM at epicenter M 5.0
Monday, August 09, 2010 at 03:14:46 PM at epicenter M 4.4
Depth (Hypocenter) : 53 km M 5.0
Depth (Hypocenter) : 35 km M 4.4
Geo-location(s) :
85 km (55 miles) NNE of Pula (Nyingchi), Xizang (Tibet), China M 5.0
140 km (85 miles) NNE of Pula (Nyingchi), Xizang (Tibet), China M 4.4

Links to important maps
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place M 5.0
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place M 4.4

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Typical Tibetan House

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  1. […] China (Tibet) – M 5.0 – Moderate but dangerous earthquake rattles the Tibetan Himalaya Reason : A remote Himalayan region. The earthquake comes at the same period than the devastating landslides with at least +1000 fatalities. Media coverage was only focused on the landslides (understandable) […]

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